ME00571 - DRAKESTOWN - Souterrain

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Situated at the NW summit of what was a small NW-SE ridge (L c. 150m) and within the earthwork enclosure (ME0123-026001-). When the earthwork was a destroyed in 1933 a souterrain was discovered 7 feet (c. 2m) below ground level that was reported to the Gardaí in Kells. They described it in correspondence with the National Museum of Ireland as a beehive chamber ’12 feet (c. 3.65m) wide and 6 feet (c. 1.8m) high’ with a passage ’15 yards long (L c. 14m) extending from it (NMI file). Some artefacts including what is described as an axehead and a fragment of a bone comb were recovered. After examination the souterrain was then closed. There was no visible evidence of this monument in 1968 (SMR file). 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 Moroe Date of upload: 10 July 2007 Amended: 2 August 2022

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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53.7745, -6.72532

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