2014:031 - Ballyquirke East, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: Ballyquirke East

Sites and Monuments Record No.: n/a Licence number: E4514

Author: Mark Moraghan

Site type: No archaeology found

ITM: E 522383m, N 731816m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.330890, -9.165250

Stage (i) (b) testing was undertaken at Ballyquirke East in advance of the N59 Moycullen Bypass, Co. Galway. The work was carried out under Ministerial Direction No. A067  between 11 July and 6 August 2014.

Testing (hand excavation) was undertaken within an area measuring c. 10 m by 10 m in proximity to and surrounding a possible boulder burial in Ballyquirke East townland. The boulder was identified during the Environmental Impact Assessment for the road scheme (EIS No. 24), and highlighted as possibly representing a Bronze Age burial monument.

The area was stripped of sod and topsoil and cleaned by hand to the underlying subsoil surface and the boulder was moved through the use of a machine to expose the area beneath it.

No features of archaeological significance were identified. It was determined that the boulder was probably a glacial erratic which proved too large to be removed as part of land improvements.

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