2011:243 - ATHENRY, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: ATHENRY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: GA084-001 Licence number: E004226

Author: Finn Delaney

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 550182m, N 727739m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.297603, -8.747321

Monitoring and excavation were carried out from September 2011 to January 2012 in Athenry, Co. Galway. The archaeological works were carried out on behalf of Coffey’s Construction Ltd, in advance of laying ungraded water pipes and ESB ducts. The works are an extension of the Tuam Water Supply Scheme to Athenry. Pre-development excavation was undertaken along North Gate Street, Burke’s Lane, Market Square, Cross Street, Bridge Street and Abbey Row.
The excavations revealed archaeological activity in three areas, namely Cross Street, Bridge Street and Abbey Row. The activity in Cross Street was uncovered towards the northern end of the trench and was in the form of two or three large pits. In Bridge Street a pit containing pottery provisionally dated to the late medieval period and evidence for iron-working was uncovered. A probable building of more recent date with an associated yard was also uncovered. On Abbey Row a deposit possibly dating from the late medieval period was uncovered. A platform, probably for access to the Clarin River, was constructed between the western end of the Dominican Abbey and the river. Evidence for iron-working was also uncovered.

Eachtra Archaeological Projects—Galway, 124 Caireal Mór, Headford Road, Galway