2017:010 - 27 Carman's Hall, Dublin, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: 27 Carman's Hall, Dublin

Sites and Monuments Record No.: n/a Licence number: 16E0654

Author: David McIlreavy, IAC Ltd

Site type: Urban post-medieval


ITM: E 714703m, N 733649m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.340625, -6.277546

Testing was carried out at 27 Carman’s Hall, Dublin 8 in response to planning conditions attached to the proposed development (Planning Ref.: 4214/16). It was undertaken over the course of two days from 17 January 2017 with a six-tonne machine equipped with a flat-edged bucket, following removal of the overlying concrete and tarmacadam with a rock breaker. A total of four test trenches were excavated across the site which measured 36 linear metres.

Testing revealed the truncated remains of a 19th-century building as shown on the 1838 Ordnance Survey map. These remains overlaid a deposit of demolished 18th-century building debris, which extended across Test Trenches 1–3. An occupation layer containing post-medieval ceramic including green glazed Dublin ware and Sgraffito ware was recorded in Test Trench 4. A small number of earlier 18th-century artefacts (pipe and glass bottle) were recovered on the surface of a relict plough soil. Two 13th-century ceramic sherds, considered to be ex situ, were also recovered from the surface of the subsoil.

While no in situ features or deposits of archaeological significance were identified during the programme of test trenching, it was recommended that all ground disturbances associated with the proposed development be monitored. This will be carried out later in 2017.

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