2004:0400 - LABBADISH, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: LABBADISH

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 62:4 Licence number: 04E0529

Author: Mary Henry, Mary Henry Archaeological Services Ltd, 17 Staunton Row, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 623972m, N 909436m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.932055, -7.625972

Six test-trenches were opened on the site of a single-house development at Labbadish, Letterkenny. The site is close to a court tomb.

Features were revealed in two trenches. In one opening, two linear features were found extending across its width; and in another trench, located downslope from the first, another linear feature was revealed. The linear feature common to both trenches had all the hallmarks of a drainage ditch, consisting of silty infill and stone. Its alignment followed the fall of the field and probably would have fed into a drain along the public road. The second linear feature had been recut and may well have a dual purpose. Originally this feature acted as a boundary ditch, although there was no evidence of an associated bank, which may have been totally removed by ploughing. Over time, the ditch became obsolete as it silted up. The bank was then ploughed out and the ditch recut to be employed as a field drain, with the base of the new cut lined with stone to facilitate better drainage.

No activity pre-dating the post-medieval period was discovered on the site and nothing was found that could be associated with the nearby court tomb.