2004:0375 - SOLDIERS' HILL, WATTSTOWN, Derry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Derry Site name: SOLDIERS' HILL, WATTSTOWN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/114

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

Site type: Iron Age/Early Christian

ITM: E 686380m, N 930680m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 55.115973, -6.645989

Eight areas of possible archaeological remains were identified at this site at Soldiers' Hill, Wattstown, Coleraine, during a previous investigation by Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd. Excavation of these areas was undertaken before housing development, only three of which contained significant archaeology.

In Area 1 were pits, a ditch, gullies and a large shallow feature, some containing burnt bone and Early Christian souterrain ware. One pit seems to have been a cooking pit or similar and may be a variation of a small fulacht fiadh. Radiocarbon dating suggests a transitional terminal Iron Age/Early Christian date for the activity in this area: cal AD 320-420 (1680±60 BP). It is not known what types of activities were carried out in this area, although an economic or domestic function is likely. A series of parallel gullies were identified in Area 3 that may also date from this period, along with a single undated pit and post-hole in Area 8. All other features excavated proved to be either modern or natural in origin.