2004:0363 - DRUMACROW, Derry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Derry Site name: DRUMACROW

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/89

Author: Norman Crothers, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Unit 48, Westlink Enterprise Centre, Distillery Street, Belfast BT12 5BJ.

Site type: Bronze Age segmented ring-ditch

ITM: E 684604m, N 920686m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 55.026516, -6.676795

A discontinuous, roughly circular feature measuring approximately 10m in diameter was uncovered close to the southern edge of the working width of the North-West Gas Pipeline on the level summit of a low ridge. On excavation, this proved to be the badly truncated remains of a segmented ring-ditch with a large central cremation pit. The ring-ditch consisted of seven shallow segments, ranging in size from 1.4-2.7m in length and 0.4-0.75m in width. The cremation pit had been cut through a larger, subrectangular pit. Two other features, C39 and C85, lay within the area enclosed by the ring-ditch and two other shallow pits cut its south-east segment, C29. Sherds of Bronze Age pottery were recovered from the fill of C29 and C85.

Thirteen other post-holes and twelve stake-holes were also excavated.