The project involved the expansion of the Invest NI industrial estate at Carnbane, Newry. The development area was a greenfield site measuring 44 ha in size. IAC were contracted to evaluate and excavate a total of 48 separate archaeological areas ranged across site. The archaeological areas were large in scale and measured up to 20,000sq.m in size. Upon appointment IAC quickly mobilized a team of 60 archaeologists and surveyors to undertake the works. Efficient and robust project management systems were required to ensure that works were completed within 10 week programme, stipulated by the client.
Significant and complex archaeological remains were excavated including an early medieval rath, prehistoric burials indicative of a larger prehistoric funerary landscape which had previously been identified in adjacent townlands Primary occupation of the rath has been dated from the 7th to the 10th centuries and significant internal features, such as souterrains (underground passages) and buildings were recorded. It is suggested that evidence for reuse of the rath during the early 17th century represents a military encampment during the Seven Years War.