2004:0354 - CASTLEROE PUMPING STATION, CASTLEROE, Derry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Derry Site name: CASTLEROE PUMPING STATION, CASTLEROE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/102

Author: Peter Bowen, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Unit 48, Westlink Enterprise Centre, 30-50 Distillery Street, Belfast, BT12 5BJ.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 686133m, N 930034m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 55.110215, -6.650054

Monitoring of work associated with the construction of a new pumping station at Castleroe on the west bank of the River Bann 5km south of Coleraine was undertaken during June 2004. The site measured a maximum of 30m north-west/south-east by 20m and had extensive tree cover prior to the commencement of work. The trees were cleared from the site and the topsoil removed to reveal that the entire area was covered in a layer of broken stones up to 0.75m in diameter which were probably deposited during widening/deepening work on the nearby River Bann. This layer of stones was 1.5m (max.) in depth and was found to be lying directly upon a loose orange gravel subsoil. There was no trace of the original topsoil and it would seem likely that this was removed prior to the deposition of the stones and then used to landscape the area. Nothing of archaeological significance was observed during the investigation on the site.