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Archaeological Development Services Ltd, having been commissioned by Louth County Council, the Roads Service NI (Department for Regional Development) and the National Roads Authority carried out archaeological assessment along the route of the proposed A1/N1 Newry-Dundalk Road. The route consists of 14.2km of 2-lane dual carriageway with 5.7km of associated link roads from Cloghoge roundabout, south of Newry to the Ballymascanlan interchange north of Dundalk. The route was tested for archaeological and historic remains during Phase 1 of the project, after which this site was determined eligible for further archaeological excavations. Site 104 was divided into three areas; the northwest, the middle-north and the east. In the northwest area, the archaeological remains appeared to represent repeated episodes of burning. Here the archaeology consisted of a posthole, two charcoal spreads and three pits. They were all discreet features as there were no stratigraphic links between any of the features to indicate either their chronology or contemporaneity. The three pit features would appear to be a series of hearths. The area of the site designated middle-north contained a stratified sequence of archaeological deposits consisting of two deliberately scarped features in the natural associated with a large area of burning. It would appear that some sort of communal activity, either cooking or perhaps ritual, was taking place at this location. A radiocarbon date from one of these deposits dated the activity to the Early Neolithic period. There appeared to be an effort to mask the burning activity by laying down various layers of redeposited naturalon top of the charcoal within the cut. Later, the digging of a linear feature damaged the earlier features. This cut, both in orientation and dimensions, has all the appearance of an early medieval grave but no remains were recovered from its basal fill. However, attributes of the feature including the digging of the berm or ledge at its south side, the orientation of the feature, the presence of a cairn of stones that slumped into the main cut and the possible stone marker socket all suggest a burial. A radiocarbon date on charcoal from this feature indicates that material from a Late Mesolithic phase of occupation became incorporated into its fills. In the east area, there were two features, an irregularly shaped oblong cut and a circular pit. They were both discreet features, as there was no stratigraphic link between either of the features to illuminate either chronology or contemporaneity. The excavations found no evidence for a ‘ring ditch’ or ‘ploughed out barrow’, suggested from the Phase 1 archaeological testing. However, there was evidence of small scale, multi-period activity across the site.