Possible medieval settlement and Bronze Age burnt mound
311094 273207; 311161 272907
Testing was undertaken at Kiltrough, Co. Meath, prior to a proposed water augmentation scheme on behalf of P.H. McCarthy and partners. Test-trenching commenced at the site on 12 June 2008 and lasted for three days. A total of nineteen trenches were mechanically investigated across the test area and two areas of archaeological interest were identified as a result.
Area 1 consisted of various pits and what appeared to be linear ditches, the fills of which contained animal bone, burnt bone and fragments of burnt clay. These features appeared to be consistent with settlement remains, however no datable finds were recovered from any of the excavated sections and a medieval date is tentatively suggested.
Area 2 consisted of a spread of black soil with frequent inclusions of heat-affected stones and charcoal measuring 8m east–west by up to 20m and was consistent with the remains of a burnt-mound site.
Gill McLoughlin, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, 120b Greenpark Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
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