2004:0611 - 12-14 MOUNT BROWN, KILMAINHAM, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: 12-14 MOUNT BROWN, KILMAINHAM

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 18:20 Licence number: 04E1355

Author: Paul Stevens, c/o Valerie J. Keeley Ltd, Brehon House, Kilkenny Road, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Site type: Urban, post-medieval

ITM: E 713314m, N 733735m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.341701, -6.298356

Excavation was undertaken for a site in Mount Brown, Dublin 8, in September/October 2004, in response to a planning condition. Investigation consisted of the excavation of six test-trenches across the site. The neighbouring site (Nos 7-11 Mount Brown) was excavated by Erin Gibbons in July 1999 (Excavations 1999, No. 251, 99E0258). This revealed the intact remains of a tannery, with brick- and timber-lined tanning pits.

This phase of investigation produced evidence of occupation from the mid- to late 18th century to the present day, represented by stone and brick terraced housing, but nothing prior to that date. This settlement is as shown on early cartographic sources such as J. Rocque's map of 1760 and John Brownrigg's map of 1799 and later OS maps. Both these early maps show much narrower plots than at present, which are also seen in the archaeological remains, which show earlier property divisions as limestone-mortared walls running partway down the plot towards the river.