Lanespark, Ballybeg and Derryvella Bogs, Derryvella/Glengoole North/Lanespark/Poyntstown
This bog was surveyed as part of the 2006 Peatland Survey, which concentrated in Bord na Móna’s Littleton group of bogs. Three bogs were surveyed under one licence, Lanespark, Ballybeg and Derryvella bog. All three bogs are located in close proximity to the Bord na Móna peat briquette factory at Ballybeg. Lanespark is immediately north of the briquette factory and is 324ha in size. No archaeological features were recorded in this bog. Ballybeg Bog is to the east of the factory and is 146ha in size. Seventeen sites were recorded in Ballybeg Bog which consisted of six trackways, five possible trackways and six archaeological wood sightings. Five of the sites have been dated and the dates range from 1880–1620 bc to ad 550–710.
Derryvella Bog is a small area of production bog, 81ha in size, to the north of Lanespark Bog. Five trackways, including a substantial gravel and plank trackway, 255m in length, were recorded in this bog. The remaining sites included two possible trackways, a platform and fifteen sightings of archaeological wood. Four sites were dated and these dates ranged from 1940–1630 bc to 770–390 bc.
Jane Whitaker, ADS Ltd, Windsor House, 11 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3.
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