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Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd (IAC), funded by the National Roads Authority (NRA) through Kilkenny County Council, undertook an excavation at the site of AR095, Dunbell Big 2 along the proposed N9/N10 Kilcullen to Waterford Scheme, Phase 4 – Knocktopher to Powerstown (Figure 1). The following report describes the results of archaeological excavation at that site. The area was fully excavated by Yvonne Whitty under Ministerial Direction A032 and Excavation Registration Number E3853 issued by the DOEHLG in consultation with the National Museum of Ireland for IAC. The fieldwork took place between the 28 November and 4 December 2007. The archaeological remains at Dunbell Big 2 were defined by a D-shaped gully which was located at the centre of the site, enclosing an internal arrangement of nine postholes and two pits. Four pits and two spreads which were external to the gully encompassed the remainder of the archaeology on this site. The site at Dunbell Big 2 has been identified as the remains of a Bronze Age house set within curvilinear enclosing gullies. The house was circular in plan, 5m in diameter, and was identified by six postholes with a semi-circular arrangement that represented the northern half. The southern half was not identified as the area had been truncated by post-medieval drainage ditches, although an oblong pit to the south of the house may be evidence of the remains of an entrance porch, but this is speculative. A posthole and pit were located internally within the house, but not centrally within it so their precise function is unclear. A number of pits were identified outside the enclosing gully. These may represent waste pits. One pit in particular contained sherds of a middle Bronze Age domestic vessel which may represent a waste deposit or could be a ritual deposition, possibly associated with the abandonment of the site. The site produced 12 worn pottery sherds (plus nine fragments) representing a single middle Bronze Age domestic vessel. The Dunbell Big material is an important addition to the previously poorly represented distribution of later prehistoric activity on this section of the Nore Valley. There is very little known contemporary material in the area although two fine middle Bronze Age domestic pots came from the nearby Holdenstown 3. A total of three samples were sent for AMS radiocarbon dating. A sample of prunus sp. charcoal from pit fill C8 was radiocarbon dated. The 2 sigma calibrated result was 1609–1460BC (UBA 13105). A sample of pomoideae charcoal from deposit C27, a fill of pit C32, was also radiocarbon dated. The 2 sigma calibrated result was 1611– 1458BC (UBA 13106). A further sample of pomoideae charcoal from gully fill C15 was radiocarbon dated and produced a 2 sigma calibrated result of 1606–1439BC (UBA 13107). The results of the radiocarbon analysis has identified that all of the activity on the site was contemporary. Dunbell Big 2 represents the location of a small middle Bronze Age settlement consisting of a basic roundhouse enclosed by two possible drip gullies that may have functioned to divert or drain water away from the central house. It is likely that this was the location of a temporary or transient settlement. The site is very important locally given the lack of previously recorded settlement sites from the period. Typologically the site and the pottery identified from one of its pits are both also of regional significance and they expand our knowledge and understanding of the distribution of middle Bronze Age settlement and pottery in this area of the Nore Valley.