2008:261 - World’s End, Kinsale, Derry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Derry Site name: World’s End, Kinsale

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 08E0756; 08R237; 08D74

Author: David A. McCullough, The Crossways, Ballyline, Callan, Co. Kilkenny for Project Manager: ADCO: The Archaeological Diving Company Ltd.

Site type: Dredging of seabed/harbour sediments

ITM: E 645782m, N 917382m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 55.001918, -7.284429

Construction phase monitoring off Adam’s Quay, Kinsale Harbour, Co. Cork, was undertaken for Malachy Walsh & Partners on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) during development of the site. This involves the erection of a lifeboat station consisting of a boat hall of 60m2 with training and changing accommodation of 159m2 plus ancillary stores.

Monitored excavations and artefact-recovery procedures, including the metal detection of excavated materials, was conducted at the location of the proposed RNLI Kinsale Station. No features of archaeological significance were identified within the area of proposed impact but a varied and important assemblage of artefacts was discovered. As the only section of coastline in Kinsale town maintaining its original configuration, the artefacts recovered reflect the occupation and activities in this geographical area from possibly the prehistoric (flint artefacts) to the modern period with representations from the medieval, post-medieval and early modern periods all represented. A record was made of the stratigraphy within the site area and of the approximate find locations within the area of impact, to contribute to the archaeological record of this geographical location for future reference.