Adjacent to ringforts
The site lies in the townland of Loughboy in St Patrick's Parish, Co. Kilkenny. Two enclosure sites (SMR 19:40 and 19:41) are marked on the area of the proposed development. Test excavation by Sarah McCutcheon and later full excavation by Eamonn Cotter (see No. 362 above) established the presence of these features in the subsoil. This monitoring licence was for the stripping of topsoil in the south-east and north-east of the site, away from the enclosures. Initially work was carried out by Joanna Wren and John Purcell, and then Martin Reid took over the work and the licence.
No archaeological features were uncovered during the soil clearance work. Incidental finds included a clay pipe bowl, one sherd of post-medieval pottery and one sherd of late 13th/14th-century Leinster ware, like that found at nearby Kilferagh (Hurley 1987).ReferenceHurley, M.F. 1987 A corn-drying kiln at Kiferagh, Co. Kilkenny. In R.M. Cleary, M.F. Hurley and E. Twohig (eds), The archaeology of the Cork-Dublin gas pipeline. University College Cork.
Joanna Wren and Martin Reid, c/o The Mile Post, Waterford.
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