2004:0396 - DUNMUCKRUM 2, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: DUNMUCKRUM 2

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0102

Author: Fintan Walsh, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, 8 Dungar Terrace, Dœn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 586743m, N 860215m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.490211, -8.204604

A programme of testing funded by Donegal County Council and the National Roads Authority was completed in the townland of Dunmuckrum in advance of the proposed N15 Bundoran to Ballyshannon bypass. Extensive testing was carried out along the route of the proposed bypass in summer 2003. Excavation works were undertaken in January and February 2004 of the archaeological/potential archaeological features located along the route. Some areas were not available to be accessed in summer 2003.

During the main resolution excavation works, one of these areas, a subrectangular field enclosure (Dunmuckrum 2), was noted on the OS maps and confirmed on the ground. The enclosure, measuring c. 80m east-west by a maximum of 50m, abuts a stone field wall to the west. The field enclosure narrows at the east.

Four test-trenches were excavated at Dunmuckrum 2. They contained nothing of archaeological significance. In all cases topsoil and ploughsoil directly sealed natural geology. The mound itself was a rock outcrop; many other rock outcrops are visible in adjoining fields outside the wayleave of the proposed road. The cairn material which was banked against the outcrop was clearance material from the fields surrounding the outcrop.