2013:105 - Aghadrinagh, Mayo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Mayo Site name: Aghadrinagh

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 13E417

Author: Richard Crumlish

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 514821m, N 788196m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.836264, -9.294141

Pre-development testing was carried out on 11 and 12 November 2013 at a site in Aghadrinagh townland, near Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  The proposed development consisted of the construction of an extension to the existing KOG Logistics facility.  Pre-development testing was required due to the size and scale of the proposed development.

The site was located c. 1km south of Castlebar, along the Castlebar-Ballinrobe road (N84) and consisted of two fields of pasture.  A ringfort (MA078-040) was located 60m to the south.

Testing consisted of the excavation (by machine) of nine trenches located to best cover the development area.  The trenches measured 47.3m, 46.2m, 20m, 31.1m, 29.8m, 35.1m, 29.8m, 30.1m and 44.2m long respectively, 2.1-2.5m wide and 0.1-1.8m deep.

Below the topsoil was modern fill and natural subsoils consisting of orange/grey/brown plastic clay, dark grey friable loamy sand and grey/brown boulder clay.  The topsoil contained five sherds of modern pottery and two modern glass fragments.  A modern glass bottle was recovered from the fill. The plastic clay contained naturally decaying/decayed rocks. A number of modern field drains were in evidence across the trenches.

Nothing of archaeological significance was in evidence.

4 Lecka Grove, Castlebar Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.