ME00308 - CROSSDRUM LOWER - Souterrain

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Located on top of a small hill, this souterrain has many traditions associated with it. It was reputedly discovered in 1750 when a skeleton was found in the beehive chamber. From a chalice dated 1635 and other paraphernalia found with it, the remains are thought to be those of a priest from the Penal times (Ussher 2012, 53), although the discovery of the passage, or perhaps its re-discovery, seems to have occurred c. 1896 (Rotherham 1897, 427). An upper E-W passage (L c. 6m) is largely open but slopes down steeply to a small rectangular chamber. From this a narrow passage (L 1.8m; Wth 0.45m; H 0.65m) leads N to a seeming dead-end but a trapdoor in the roof leads to a more spacious passage (Wth c. 1.05m; H c. 1.3m) that curves around to NW and then SW (L c. 13m) before entering a beehive chamber (diam. c. 2.3m; H 2.2m). From the trapdoor this passage also extends slightly S (L c. 1.2m). The beehive chamber has two air vents in the roof and a cupboard (Wth 0.4m; H 0.5m; L c. 1.5m) above the floor on the wall at SE. The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of upload/revision: 26 May 2015

Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Monument Details

Address:
CROSSDRUM LOWER, Meath
GPS:
53.7695, -7.20895
SMRS:
ME008-015----
what3words:
little.intonation.disruptive

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