2004:0620 - HAND, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: HAND

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E1083

Author: Rosanne Meenan, Roestown, Drumree, Co. Meath.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 721002m, N 754754m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.528789, -6.174907

Planning permission was granted to build three houses on this site; monitoring was a condition of planning. The site lies within the zone of archaeological potential for Lusk (SMR 8:10) and to the north of a site marked 'Monastery, Site of'. This was the site of a convent of Arrouaisian nuns established in the middle of the 12th century until transferred to Grace Dieu. By the 12th century the monastic lands of Lusk had become the property of the Archbishops of Dublin.

Monitoring of groundworks for the two outer houses was carried out. On the eastern house site the southern portions of all the north-south trenches were cut through fine yellow boulder clay with a small amount of stones. The northern portions of the trenches produced a greyer, grittier material. This yielded nothing of archaeological significance. Monitoring of ground reduction for the westernmost house was also carried out. The ground level was reduced more substantially here, exposing topsoil. No archaeological features were observed in the surface of the subsoil and no artefacts were recovered. The strip of ground between the back of the site and the hedgerow was left at a higher level. This ground was already disturbed by the insertion of the foul sewer.