2004:0498 - DARCYSTOWN, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: DARCYSTOWN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0741

Author: Judith Carroll, Judith Carroll & Company Ltd, Consultant Archaeologists, 13 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Site type: Ring-ditch, pits

ITM: E 719932m, N 761366m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.588414, -6.188477

The site, comprising a ring-ditch and a number of small pits, was found during monitoring of a housing development at Lusk Road, Balrothery, Co. Dublin, in May 2004 (No. 495 above, 02E0043). The site was excavated within four weeks between June and July 2004. The ring-ditch and pits, which were found in close proximity, appeared under the topsoil as a group of cut features at the south end of the east field and were directly in the path of the development.

As well as the ring-ditch, the site included two pits, one small hearth and one possible kiln. These smaller features were not closely associated with the ring-ditch and their proximity may only be incidental, as a number of isolated features were found during the monitoring of this site, while the general area is rich in archaeology.

The ring-ditch is of particular interest, as it is one of a group of ring-ditches and burials of prehistoric date from the immediate area. It has also produced a large amount of stratified prehistoric pottery and material for 14C analysis.