2006:1401 - Aghagower, Mayo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Mayo Site name: Aghagower

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: CO30

Author: Sue Zajac, Ballina Civic Offices, Mayo County Council, Dillion Terrace, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Site type: Ecclesiastical remains

ITM: E 503402m, N 780306m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.763396, -9.465093

Construction of a sewage scheme in the village of Aghagower required pre-development testing followed by monitoring of the groundworks. Though nothing was found during testing, monitoring later recorded a substantial ditch that was partially uncovered in the east and north-east sector of the village. The ditch, located just below the tarmac surface, seemed to follow the line of the street pattern in this area and may have formerly enclosed the ecclesiastical remains, which also include a round tower. The base of the ditch had a rich organic fill with frequent inclusions of animal bone and wood.

A small quantity of human bone was found in the same area against the external face of a stone wall that now delimits the graveyard and partly overlies the ditch. A horizontal millstone, previously uncovered during house construction, was recorded in the east sector of the village.