2008:363 - Gollierstown, Adamstown, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: Gollierstown, Adamstown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 08E0197

Author: Ellen O’Carroll, 8 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 701516m, N 732303m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.331222, -6.475914

An assessment and associated testing were in compliance with a planning condition for the construction of a post-primary school and a community centre. The proposed development is to be located to the south of the SDZ lands and adjoins the railway line. Previous testing was carried out by the author at the adjoining site for the Adamstown District Centre. There are no known monuments in the development lands for the District Centre and cartographic research indicates that the development site was always laid out in open fields.

The proposed development site is located on a brownfield site at the western edges of the Adamstown development. The lands were in use as a compound for the railway development and other developments in the surrounding area and therefore topsoil had been stripped from most of the site. Two large holding tanks at the north-west of the site, a small access road at the south and housing developments to the north-east had already been constructed in the part of the areas proposed for development prior to the author arriving on-site.

Seven test-trenches were excavated across the site with a 1.8m wide toothless bucket. The stratigraphy consisted of c. 0.2–0.4m of topsoil intermixed with debris and overlying subsoil onto natural stony marl soils at the western portion of the site where the proposed community centre is to be located. There was very little topsoil remaining at the eastern end of the development site and the stratigraphy comprised of orange/brown subsoil overlying natural marl subsoil with veins of stone/slate running south-east/north-west across the development lands.

Nothing of archaeological significance was recorded during testing.