2004:0616 - FINNSTOWN HOUSE, NEWCASTLE ROAD, LUCAN, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: FINNSTOWN HOUSE, NEWCASTLE ROAD, LUCAN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0522

Author: Ellen O'Carroll

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 703011m, N 733313m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.340008, -6.453161

An assessment including testing was carried out at Finnstown House, Lucan, Co. Dublin. The development plans included the demolition of a single-storey building and the erection of a two-storey building, with a pedestrian link at ground level and stairs/lift enclosure abutting an existing two-storey building. The plans also include the renovation of existing two-storey outbuildings/coach houses. A medieval tower-house was noted within Finnstown House during the course of this assessment. This tower-house will not be impacted upon by the development.

Testing was carried out in the walled garden area and within the footprint of the proposed new building. The north-eastern end of the trench comprised 1m of infill material. This material was dumped during recent construction work and was then levelled out. It comprised wood, stone, plastic and modern ceramics. This material lay on the natural subsoil, which was light-brown to yellow clay. The south-western extent of the trench comprised c. 0.3m of topsoil, which consisted of stony light-brown clay with a grey hue. Some red brick and willow-pattern pottery was noted in this topsoil layer. The natural subsoil lay under the topsoil and appeared to be consistent throughout the site. No features or finds or archaeological significance were uncovered in this trench.

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