Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Early medieval furnaces and post-medieval ditches at Kiltotan Collinstown, Co. Westmeath (E2770)

August, 2009 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 6 of 11 in the Issue 03

Archaeological Excavation Report

Early medieval furnaces and post-medieval ditches

Three archaeological excavations were carried out in the townlands of Kiltotan and Collinstown on
the proposed N6 realignment between Kinnegad and Tyrrellspass in County Westmeath in early
2005. This report details the results of the excavation carried out at National Grid Reference 244773
238655, under ministerial order A001/009, on the site known as Kiltotan and Collinstown. This work
was carried out as part of the N6 realignment Kinnegad to Kilbeggan (Figures 1-3). The site included
two parallel ditches of relatively recent origin and two pits with evidence of burning. The burnt pits
were possibly medieval iron smelting furnaces, and were similar to features uncovered at the other end
of the road scheme in Monganstown 1.

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