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The N22 Ballincollig Bypass scheme involves the construction of a new dual carriageway between Bishopstown (Ballinaspig More townland) and Ovens (Knockanemore townland) and covers an area of 750,000 square metres. A programme of advance archaeological investigation was undertaken prior to construction under licence number 01E0546 and involved excavating a 2m wide test trench along the centre line of the proposed route with offset trenches to the edge of the road-take every 25m on alternate sides. In addition to the five sites of archaeological potential identified through the archaeological impact assessment, eleven sites identified during the course of this investigation were subsequently excavated. Archaeological monitoring of the main engineering earthworks programme commenced in March 2002, under licence number 02E0058. During the course of monitoring a large area of archaeological activity was exposed at Curraheen 5. In total nine zones were investigated of which seven were archaeological in nature. These zones were spread over a wide area covering over 140m by 50m and between them comprised three rectangular troughs, six pits, a hearth and various spreads of burnt mound material. The trough situated in Zone 6 was wood lined and removal of the timbers revealed that they were underlain by moss. It has been concluded that these various features represented the ploughed out remains of at least three fulachta fiadh. Four charcoal samples and a wood sample returned four Late Bronze Age dates while the remaining sample was dated to the Final Neolithic/Early Bronze Age. Wood analysis revealed that oak, hazel, prunus, ash and alder were the predominant species present within the site.