ME01667 - KILMESSAN - Earthwork

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Situated on a rise between a SSE-NNW stream c. 80m to the W and another SSE-NNW stream c. 160m to the NE. It is depicted as a D-shaped embanked enclosure (ext. diam. c. 40m N-S) truncated by a gravel pit on the E side and described as a ‘Moat’ on the 1836 edition of the OS 6-inch map. It was described (Smith 1894) as a clay bank ’12 feet (c. 3.65m) high’ on top of the gravel ridge, and animal bones and lenses of charcoal were observed in the section close to the top. A bone comb and an oval quartz stone with some markings were recovered at the base of this layer (D c. 0.9m). The comb was a composite double-sided comb with three surviving rivets of Class B (Dunleavy 1988, 353-6) dating from the third to the ninth century AD, and the earthwork was probably a platform rath. No trace of it is visible. 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 revision: 21 August 2019

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

Monument Details

Address:
KILMESSAN, Meath
GPS:
53.5595, -6.6617
SMRS:
ME037-004----
what3words:
leasing.forged.leotard

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