No archaeological significance
Four test-trenches, totalling 105m2, were excavated at the site of a proposed house at Ballytarsna, Oulart. The site is c. 30m to the south-east of Meelnagh Church, SMR 27:4. The excavation uncovered no features of archaeological significance. Two charcoal-rich deposits were uncovered in Trenches 1 and 2. No artefacts or other datable objects were recovered from these deposits and it is likely that they are related to the clearance of the site prior to its use as a horticultural nursery in recent years.
In particular, no evidence of an enclosing ditch was uncovered outside the line of a substantial field boundary at the western boundary of the site. Prior to testing, it had been noted that this bank was part of a curvilinear arrangement of field boundaries around the church-and-graveyard site.
Emmet Stafford, Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology, Unit 4, Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
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