Archaeological testing (96E0118) in advance of a graveyard extension explored an area (dims c. 60m E-W; c. 30m N-S) N of the old graveyard. It sampled a NNE-SSW fosse (Wth of top c. 3m; D 1.1m) filled with a uniformly silty and stony soil that has a large clay content and some charcoal flecks cut into the gravelly subsoil. A second E-W ditch (Wth of top 2.3-3.5m; D 1.3) with stratified layers was encountered in two trenches c. 5m from the graveyard wall and parallel with it. Immediately outside this feature a larger fosse (Wth of top 4m plus; D 2.3m plus) was encountered, and both of these may be from an ecclesiastical enclosure (ME011-037003-). The graveyard extension was placed further N of the old graveyard and the archaeological features in this area are now largely preserved beneath a parking area. (Meenan 1996; 1996a; 1997)
Compiled by: Michael Moore
Date of upload: 9 April, 2019Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.