2010:301 - carrowcarlan, Fermanagh

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Fermanagh Site name: carrowcarlan

Sites and Monuments Record No.: FER260–048 Licence number: AE/10/76

Author: Warren Bailie and David Kilner, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Unit 6, 21 Old Channel Road, Belfast, BT3 9DE.

Site type: Monitoring

ITM: E 618645m, N 855909m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.451350, -7.712509

This evaluation relates to a proposed residential development at Carrowcarlan on the south-west outskirts of Derrylin in County Fermanagh. It is proposed to build two houses within the site, which measures approximately 115m west to east by on average 30m wide. Access to the houses is via the B127 Ballyconnell Road, which bounds the site to the south while the development will also require services, landscaping with boundary hedging planted between the houses.

The proposed development is located within an archaeologically sensitive area with seven recorded archaeological sites located within approximately 1km of the site. One of these sites is located towards the north-east corner of the field but outside the proposed development. This is a burnt mound (FER260–048) which consists of a D-shaped mound located on the south bank of a stream which forms the north boundary of the proposed development. This mound measures 14m long by 7m across by 0.5m high and consists of a thin cover of soil overlying burnt sandstone pieces which became damper deeper into the mound. A section of the mound is exposed within the stream bank and this showed the burnt layer overlay a layer of grey clay. There is no trace of this layer of grey clay within the opposite bank.

Under the proposed development, a buffer zone measuring 10m wide will be created around the burnt mound while the east extent of the proposed development adjacent to the buffer zone will remain as an undeveloped grassed area. Given these conditions, only the areas where development work is proposed were subject to a monitored topsoil-strip.

Nothing of archaeological significance was noted during the evaluation.