2004:0586 - ST MARY, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: ST MARY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0002

Author: Helen Keogh, 11 Norseman Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

Site type: Medieval oak revetment


ITM: E 715245m, N 734365m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.346942, -6.269150

Excavation revealed classic base plate remains for a 13th-century oak timber revetment. The timbers are located approximately along the early northshoreline just north of present-day Ormond Quay. Three species of wood were identified: oak, ash and blackthorn.

The twelve oak base plates were in a good state of preservation and were relatively uniform in size and appearance. They extended in a north-east/southwest direction, with the north-east end truncated by later foundations. The timbers appear to extend further southwards under the Strand Street Little frontage. A one-course blackstone-built access 'platform' extended along the timbers at the Strand Street Little end; it measured 9m by 2.3m wide.

There was little evidence for any extensive reclamation, with the shallow silt deposits appearing to have built up naturally on the west side of the Phase 4 timbers from which the relatively few (73), mainly post-medieval, pottery sherds were retrieved. One medieval leather shoe fragment was retrieved from underneath one of the base plate timbers.