2022:018 - Kilshane Road, Dunsoghly, Saint Margaret’s, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: Kilshane Road, Dunsoghly, Saint Margaret’s

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 21E0803

Author: Donald Murphy, Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit

Site type: No archaeology found

ITM: E 711870m, N 743020m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.425411, -6.316750

Archaeological test trenching was carried out on the site at Kilshane Road, Dunsoghly, Saint Margaret’s, Co. Dublin.
A total of 7 test trenches were excavated within the site. The test trenches targeted anomalies discovered during the geophysical survey under licence 10R0033 and were positioned to assess the proposed development footprint. Each trench measured 1.8m in width, and in total 642m of linear trenches were excavated. The test trenches were excavated down to the natural subsoil. A mid-brown to dark greyish-brown sandy clay topsoil and sod, with a combined depth of 0.28m to 0.53m, was taken down onto the natural. The natural varied significantly across the site; within the east portion of the site was a mid-yellowish-brown at the south with brownish-grey sandy clay with stone outcrops within the north extent. The west part of site consisted of orange sandy clay natural rising to a gravel at the top of slope changing to compact grey marly clay with frequent large stones, pockets of pale grey sandy silt. Two linear features were identified, one each in Trenches 4 and 5, these were interpreted as drains; red brick fragments were retrieved from both.
No features of archaeological significance were exposed, and the changes in the natural appear to account for and explain some of the anomalies detected during the geophysical survey.

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