2004:0414 - RAWROS, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: RAWROS

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0938

Author: Christopher Read, North West Archaeological Services, Cloonfad Cottage, Cloonfad, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 615098m, N 937253m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 55.182319, -7.762957

The site of the proposed development, a bridge across the bay and a link road connecting to the Milford-Carrickart road, is located on a peninsula jutting into Mulroy Bay, close to Carrickart just off the Milford road. The closest known monument, a cashel (SMR 17:22), is over 400m east of the proposed development. However, field-walking identified a possible unrecorded 'fort' close to the proposed road-take. Probably consisting of modified natural features, the 'fort' is located just outside the road-take, 30m to the west. Due to the presence of the 'fort' and potentially associated low earthen banks to the south-east, it was recommended that the portion of the link road extending across the peninsula to the bridge should be investigated both geophysically and by test-trenches. A centre-line trench, 430m long, was excavated along the length of the road. Numerous spur trenches, 10-20m long, were also excavated to investigate particular anomalies identified through the geophysics. No evidence of archaeological activity was identified in any of the trenches.