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The proposed M7 Portlaoise to Castletown/M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill Motorway Scheme consists of approximately 41km of motorway and 11km of single dual carriageway commencing to the southwest of the existing Portlaoise Bypass and running in a southerly direction tying into the existing N8 at Oldtown. A portion of the scheme runs to the west tying into the existing N7 near Borris-in-Ossory. The Archaeological Works contract is subdivided into three separate contracts. This report describes the results of archaeological excavations along one section of the planned motorway route, at Curragh, County Laois, Contract 1. Contract 1 extends from the townland of Gortnaclea to Oldtown and consists of approximately 14km of motorway, which extends from Aghaboe to south of Cullahill through the townlands from Gortnaclea to Oldtown. The site was identified during archaeological testing carried out by Eamonn Cotter of Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd in March – May 2005. Sixty-six trenches were excavated in two adjoining fields (Fields 140 and 141) during testing and a number of potential archaeological features were identified. The site was designated Curragh 1. Archaeological resolution of Curragh 1 commenced on 8th May 2005 under the direction of Eamonn Cotter. For recording purposes, the site was designated the scheme number A015/102 and record number E2212. Three separate areas were stripped of topsoil, revealing one substantial spread, and several small spreads, of burnt stone, and other features consistent with fulachta fiadh. The site comprised of two distinct fulachta fiadh in Field 140. One was a substantial spread of burnt stone measuring 26m x 14m and 0.4m deep beneath which were several small troughs and a well. The second area comprised several small spreads of burnt stone, with two troughs. The third area, in Field 141, comprised several small spreads of burnt stone, but no definite archaeological cut features. Two flint fragments were recovered from this site (E2212:022:001 & E2212:002:001).