2004:0360 - COOLKEERAGH, Derry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Derry Site name: COOLKEERAGH

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/02/56

Author: Eoin Halpin, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Westlink Enterprise Centre, 30-50 Distillery Street, Belfast BT12 5BJ.

Site type: Fulachta fiadh; ironworking

ITM: E 583098m, N 649472m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.596250, -8.249480

An excavation was carried out in advance of the construction of two freight-handling sheds on the north side of Haw Road, Coolkeeragh. Monitoring of the site revealed two areas of archaeology. Both of these areas were subsequently excavated.

The earliest activity was a phase of negative features and deposits, some with finds of Neolithic pottery sherds. This phase was largely sealed by the ploughed-out remains of two fulachta fiadh or burnt mounds. No associated troughs were found, although some of the pre-mound features appeared to be of at least near contemporary date. Worked flint and pottery sherds of Bronze Age date were recovered from the burnt-mound deposits. To the south of the mounds was a group of undated pits containing ironworking waste of slag and bloom.