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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 southern 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. Contract 2 consists of approximately 11km of motorway, which extends east/west from Aghaboe to west of Borris-in-Ossory through the townlands from Coolfin to Townparks and Derrinsallagh. The following report describes the results of archaeological excavation along one section of the planned M7 Portlaoise to Castletown/M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill Motorway Scheme, at Lismore, County Laois, Contract 2. A programme of advanced archaeological investigation (Phase 1) was undertaken in April 2005 by Lydia Cagney under ministerial direction (A015/036) from the Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, issued in consultation with the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) in accordance with Section 14 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004. Phase 1 assessment identified a number of archaeological deposits and features. The site was designated Lismore 2. The full archaeological resolution of Lismore 1 commenced on 2nd November 2005 and was directed by Ken Wiggins. For recording purposes, the site was designated the scheme no A015/112 and record no E2221. Topsoil stripping was targeted on features revealed during Phase 1 testing, resulting in the opening of four cuttings (Areas 1−4) at widely spaced intervals on a north-west/south-east axis across the field. A large number of archaeological features of prehistoric date, including post-holes, stake-holes, pits and hearths were revealed in Areas 1−3, but topsoil stripping of Area 4 revealed no features or deposits of archaeological interest. During Phase 1 investigation, a number of the test trenches at the southern end of the field could not be completed due to waterlogged conditions. The dry nature of the ground allowed this trenching to be concluded, and the excavation of one of the trenches, T36, uncovered remains of a large charcoal-rich pit, likely to be of prehistoric origin. A number of pottery sherds, stone objects, flint debitage and glass fragments were recorded.