2004:0399 - GLEBE, KILLYBEGS, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: GLEBE, KILLYBEGS

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0064

Author: Martin Fitzpatrick, Arch. Consultancy Ltd, Ballydavid South, Athenry, Co. Galway.

Site type: Burnt mound

ITM: E 570901m, N 875523m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.627088, -8.450628

Pre-development testing (Excavations 2001, No. 281, 01E0065), following on from an assessment of the site of the proposed development undertaken in 2000, revealed a burnt-mound feature. It comprised burnt stones which were revealed in the north-facing section of a drain. The excavation of the feature was included as a condition of planning. The excavation involved the opening of a trench to the immediate south of the drain.

Removal of the sod revealed the outline of a semicircular-shaped mound with a maximum measurement of 7.1m east-west by 3.1m. Concentrated areas of burnt stones were evident in the centre of the mound and around the perimeter. The stratigraphical record shows that the mound consisted of heat-shattered and rotten stone and a small quantity of charcoal (a sample is currently being identified prior to dating analysis). The stone was smaller and more rotten at the base of the mound. It appears that the stone represented a stone spread which was almost totally removed by a drainage channel. Further deposits of burnt stone visible to the west of the mound were also excavated.