NMI Burial Excavation Records


Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0581

Author: Neil Fairburn, Cocyn Uchaf, Moelfre, Anglesey, Wales LL72 8LL, for ACS Ltd.

Site type: Burnt mounds and pits

ITM: E 683133m, N 766120m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.638260, -6.742873

Testing took place along Testing Area 8 of the Navan bypass section (Contract 3) of the planned M3 Clonee-North of Kells road scheme, Co. Meath. The work was carried out for N3 Meath Consult on behalf of Meath County Council and the National Roads Authority. The testing methodology generally consisted of mechanically excavating 2m-wide trenches along the centre-line and perpendicular to the centre-line to the edge of the land-take every 20m. Two sites, a burnt mound and two shallow circular pits, designated Boyerstown 6 and Boyerstown 7, were uncovered.

Boyerstown 6 consisted of two shallow circular pits, 1.5m and 3m in diameter and 0.2m and 0.34m deep; both were filled with a small quantity of charcoal and burnt stone.

The burnt mound at Boyerstown 7 was c. 4.5m in diameter and 0.3m in depth with three small shallow possible fire pits, two post-holes and a linear spread of burnt material. The site had been truncated by ploughing and by recent drainage initiatives. An isolated post-hole with a charcoal fill was found in an adjacent field.