ME02446 - DUNSHAUGHLIN - Ecclesiastical enclosure

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Situated on a broad, low hill with the W edge of the reclaimed Little Lagore Lough, an oval area (dims c. 1.25km E-W; c. 0.5km N-S), c. 500m to the E. The headwaters of an E-W stream that leads into the SE-NW Skane River are c. 400m to the SW. The early church site founded by St Seachnall (ME044-033002-) and the medieval parish church that succeeded it are within a rectangular graveyard (ME044-033003-). The S-N Main Street of Dunshaughlin village curves from S-W-NE of the church, which suggests that an ecclesiastical enclosure (diam. c. 200m) has become fossilised in the street-pattern. Archaeological testing (91E0099) outside the N perimeter of the graveyard identified nine ditches curving E-W in two bands roughly centred on the church (Meehan 1992). A substantial ditch (Wth 3-4m; D 1.7m plus) occurring in all trenches c. 60m N of the graveyard and centred on it, can be interpreted as the fosse of an ecclesiastical enclosure (diam. c. 160m). Medieval pottery and a spindle whorl were recovered, and the area roughly inside the ditch is maintained as a green area. (Meehan and Cassidy 1991) Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of upload: 7 April, 2015

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

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