2013:138 - 18-21 Castle Street/8-9 Teeling Street, Sligo, Sligo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Sligo Site name: 18-21 Castle Street/8-9 Teeling Street, Sligo

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SL014-065 Licence number: 13E0284

Author: Richard Crumlish

Site type: Urban


ITM: E 569253m, N 835810m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.270176, -8.472024

Pre-development testing was carried out between 26 and 29 August 2013 at a site at 18-21 Castle Street and 8-9 Teeling Street, Sligo.  Testing was required due to the location of the site within the archaeological constraint for Sligo Town (SL014-065), indeed the location was the site of ‘Crean’s Castle’, a late medieval tower-house or fortified merchant’s house, which had disappeared by the late 18th/early 19th century.  No features of archaeological significance were visible within the site.

The proposed development was located at the junction of Castle Street and Teeling Street, to the rear of the buildings fronting onto Castle Street and Teeling Street and involved the demolition of a number of sheds/outbuildings dating from mid-late 19th century up to second half of the 20th century.  The testing consisted of the excavation (by machine) of three trenches.  The trenches measured 20.4m, 10m and 2.7m long respectively, 1.0-1.6m wide and 0.4-1.4m deep.

Testing revealed evidence of modern activity at the site dating from the 19th and 20th centuries and possibly back to the 18th century.  Walls, mortar floors, cobbles, a culvert, a drain containing red brick and a number of ceramic sewers uncovered all appeared to relate to the buildings recently demolished, which were dated to no earlier than the 19th century.  Concrete floors were in evidence in two of the trenches.  Topsoil, fill, a shell-rich layer and a layer of silt loam all produced modern artefacts.  A shell midden uncovered in one of the trenches was located above a re-deposited layer which also contained modern artefacts.  A wig curler was found in a context which also contained modern pottery sherds and a modern glass fragment.  A cut at the base of one of the trenches did not require excavation as it was located below the level of the proposed development and would not be impacted upon.

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