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The human remains were concentrated in the area closest to this curved line at the south-east corner of the site (Area D; Figs. 5 and 6). They were spread across an area measuring 11m (east-west) by 5m (north-south). The burials did not extend outside the area defined as Area D. The full extent of the burials was not excavated as a result of a decision by The Heritage Service, Department of the Environment, to preserve the remains in situ and the remaining burials (all that were exposed were excavated) were covered over by geotextile. The ditch which appeared to form the south-east perimeter of the burials was revealed, planned, but not excavated. It was also covered over with geotextile. Most of the burials in the ground were excavated as, over most of Area D, undisturbed natural subsoil was reached. Twenty burials (IÐXX) were recovered, including adults, juveniles and infants. In the surrounding area, there were several cut features. One was a pit which produced charcoal and cremated bone, but the others produced material which seems to relate to occupation in the early medieval period and may have been contemporary with the human burials. The burial area lay on the east of the site, a characteristic feature of ecclesiastical sites. There were several finds from the site, including bronze pins, iron knives, glass beads and lignite bracelets.

As a result of the archaeological finds, South Dublin County Council decided to change its plans for the flood alleviation scheme in Areas B and D. Those features and burials already exposed from topsoil stripping were excavated, and other material of archaeological potential was preserved in situ under geotextile.

 



 

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