No archaeological significance
Five trenches were excavated at Ardcolm, Ardcavan, at the site of a proposed dormer house on 22 November 2003. The development site is situated in a previously undeveloped area of marginal pasture immediately to the south of St Columb's Church (Ardcolm church and graveyard, SMR 38:1).
The excavation uncovered no features of archaeological significance. In particular, no signs of a ditch enclosing Ardcolm church and graveyard were noted in the trenches (2 and 4) excavated from the edge of the graveyard. The discovery of disarticulated animal bone in Trenches 2 and 3 appears to be linked to the importation of topsoil onto the site at some stage in the past rather than to the archaeological use of the church and graveyard.
Emmet Stafford, Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology, Unit 4, Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
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