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This is a final report of an archaeological excavation at Sheephouse 3 (00E0811) which was located on the route of the M1 Northern Motorway Gormanston – Monasterboice (Drogheda Bypass), Platin to Oldbridge, Chainage 21600–24800, Contract 7, County Meath. The excavation was carried out by Dermot Nelis of Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd on behalf of Meath County Council. The work was carried out under licence No. 00E0811 which was received from the DoEHLG in consultation with the National Museum of Ireland. The fieldwork took place between November 2000 and June 2001. Sheephouse 3 was identified as a result of archaeological assessment undertaken in 2000 (Valerie J. Keeley 2003; Licence No. 00E282). A circular ditched enclosure was identified at the site. The excavation area measured c. 5380m². A linear gully (Phase 1) which traversed the site predated a late Bronze Age enclosure and may have dated to the middle Bronze Age. The middle Bronze Age activity (Phase 2) comprised a possible slot structure and associated pits, postholes and cobbled surfaces in the north-west of the site, along with a gully in the southwest, and pits and cobbled surfaces in the west. A series of dates from these features ranged from 1630–1260 BC. Finds recovered from these features included a number of hammer/rubbing stones dated to the middle/late Neolithic or early Bronze Age and a Neolithic convex end scraper. Grooved Ware pottery and late Bronze Age domestic pottery recovered from these features indicate both disturbance of earlier features and later disturbance. Late Bronze Age activity (Phase 3) comprised a circular ditched enclosure (C2) and two pits in the south of the site. The enclosure, as defined by the ditch, measured c.32m east–west x c. 28m north–south and was a maximum of 3m wide and 1.9m deep. The enclosure had an east facing entrance defined by a gap in the enclosing ditch. Radiocarbon dating suggests a late Bronze Age date for the ditch (1120–910BC), with the final backfilling taking place in the late Bronze Age / early Iron Age transition (790–520 BC). One of the pits in the south of the site also returned a late Bronze Age date (1130–920 BC). Lithic finds recovered from the ditch fills mainly comprised rubbing stones and convex end scrapers, along with various cores and flakes, the majority of which were thought to date to the middle/late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (Sternke, Appendix 2.3) and could be an indication of earlier activity on the site. A small quantity of late Neolithic Grooved Ware pottery was also recovered from these fills further suggesting disturbance of earlier activity. Another, contemporary, enclosure was also identified as part of this scheme c. 1.7km to the south-east at Lagavooren 17 (01E0396). In the extreme south of the Sheephouse 3 site there was a concentration of pits, postholes and cobbled surfaces of unknown date. The closest dated features were a pit c. 12m to the east dated to the late Bronze Age and a gully located c. 15m to the north-west, dated to the middle Bronze Age. Like the other areas on the site the majority of the finds recovered from these features indicate activity in the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age. Post medieval activity on the site (Phase 4) comprised linear field drains and ditches.