The N69 Listowel Bypass road scheme involves the construction of approximately 3.65km single carriageway new road and 2.3km of all-purpose urban single carriageway on-line improvement and ancillary works.
The tender was awarded on the basis of 70% quality 30% price and is the first quality-price tender for archaeological investigations on an Irish road scheme.
The road scheme traverses the River Feale which is the dominant watercourse through this part of Co. Kerry. Archaeological testing of potentially deep riverine deposits at the river crossing was an archaeological risk-factor for this project.
Nine archaeological sites identified during the Stage (i) works have now been fully excavated during Stage (iii) works and all on-site archaeological works are now complete.
The sites include:
- five burnt mounds,
- charcoal-production kilns,
- possible cremation burials,
- a habitation site,
- a nineteenth-century vernacular cottage, and
- in a wetland setting, a group of worked timbers (structural beams with mortices) along with the remains of a stave-built wooden vessel.