Council may have found prehistoric cooking site

Interesting finds during roadworks

Michelle NicPhaidin


Michelle NicPhaidin


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The two small previously unknown archaeological sites which were found during works on the N56 have been fully excavated and an off-site post-excavation assessment is now underway.
Donegal County Council commissioned archaeological test trenching along the route of the N56 Dungloe to Cloghbolie and N56 Letterilly to Kilraine schemes, which took place at the end of 2018.

Unknown archaeology sites
The work was carried out in fulfilment of the environmental planning requirements under licence from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The purpose of the testing is to find any previously unknown archaeology sites that might exist within the road development so that they can be excavated in advance of construction commencing, and avoid any delays.

Interesting finds

The testing found two small previously unknown archaeological sites. One is a spread of burnt stone and charcoal – possibly the remains of a prehistoric cooking site.
The other is a group of small pits – possibly also prehistoric. Excavation of the sites took place in February and the beginning of March. More information about the historical findings will be forthcoming about the findings within the coming days.