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Carlow 3To the south of the burials, other trenches were opened at the juncture between Mill Lane and Kennedy Street. Here the stratigraphy was completely disturbed by pipes and drains but enough human bone was recovered to suggest that the burial site had extended into this area, just north of the Burrin River before it was infilled in the 18th century. Medieval and post medieval pottery sherds were also recovered from the trenches.

During September, 2010, the focus of activity in Carlow main Drainage Scheme was located at Ballinacarrig Bridge and in Chaplestown townland. The pipeline was to extend along the Burrin river in this townland only a short distance in some cases from a sting of cropmarks which have been identified close to the river in this townland. These cropmarks are Recorded Monuments, probably prehistoric burial enclosures. Field 1 (just east of Ballinacarrig Bridge in Chaplestown townland) contains below ground remains of double-barrow site CW007-065 – the most unusual of the sites. It stands out in the image as an elliptical enclosure, up to 70m across (Plate 3). Field 2 contains subsurface remains of large enclosure CW007-066 and small enclosure CW007-067. The cropmarks were photographed in fields in Chapelstown in 1989 (many thanks to Gillian Barrett for allowing us to reproduce this).

Prior to any works taking place here, this company carried out continuous trenching along the line of the Burrin river in 2010 (Ken Wiggins for Judith Carroll & Company-licence as above). No finds or features came to light during the trenching.

Cropmarks in Chaplestown detected from the air (facing north). This image is part of an archive of c. 8000 aerial photographs taken by Dr. Gillian Barrett between 1989 and 2000 as part of a research project exploring the potential of air survey as a technique of archaeological discovery. A review of the project was published in Barrett , G.F. '(2002) Flights of discovery: archaeological air survey in Ireland, 1989-2000' in The Journal of Irish Archaeology, XI, 2002. 1-30. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is reproduced here with permission of Gillian Barrett.



 

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Glencullen
Dublin 18 

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