2004:0420 - BALLINTAGGERT/LISNAGONNELL, Down

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Down Site name: BALLINTAGGERT/LISNAGONNELL

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/55

Author: Simon Large, Northern Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, Farset Enterprise Park, 638 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DY.

Site type: Neolithic and Bronze Age

ITM: E 731123m, N 834105m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.238989, -5.988403

This licence was one of three issued to monitor and excavate a road development, from Loughbrickland, south, to Beechhill. The total distance was 9.5km with an additional 0.5km of side-arm excavations. As this development paralleled much of the existing A1, the development width varied between 30m and 100m. The work extended over a period of one year.

This licence was issued ahead of the monitored topsoil-stripping of this development and also covered all smaller investigations and excavations for the entire development. There were two subsequent licences issued, AE/04/77 (No. 421 below) and AE/05/14 (to be reported on in the 2005 bulletin), for two substantial sites identified during topsoil removal.

The monitoring was a mixture of test-trenching (ahead of total stripping) and total topsoil removal. This resulted in the excavation of a disturbed fulacht fiadh, provisionally dated to the later Bronze Age. A large burnt spread was excavated, also two possible token burials, undated, from the same area. Two possible habitation sites, both provisionally dated to the Bronze Age, were excavated. A small figure-ofeight hearth was provisionally dated late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age. A post-medieval barn and associated dwelling house were fully recorded prior to their demolition.

Post-excavation work is currently ongoing.