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Archaeo-magnetic investigation of the former monastic site at Kilskyre, Co. Meath

Gibson, Paul (2007) Archaeo-magnetic investigation of the former monastic site at Kilskyre, Co. Meath. Riocht na Midhe, XV111. pp. 33-38.

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Abstract

A number of magnetic anommalies have been discovered in the fields surrounding the old cemetery at Kilskyre which is believed to be the site of an early Christian monastic settlement. To the north there are two prominent parallel curvilinear features 20m apart, the longest one of which is over 60m in length. A 50m wide zone of parallel plough lines extends for about 60m in Field 2, east of the cemetery. Also located in this field is a small east-west aligned building, 10m long and 6m wide. The region south and west of the cemetery is dominated by ridge and furrow patterns with various trends. There is also evidence for a rectangular enclosure at least 40m long and 30m wide. The northern boundary of a possible larger enclosure is present 100m south of the cementary. A large concentration of magnetic anomalies, located close to the graveyard, suggests enhanced anthropogenic activity and there is some evidence for an outer fragmentary boundary.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Archaeo-magnetic; monastic site; Kilskyre;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 789
Depositing User: Paul Gibson
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Riocht na Midhe
Publisher: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society
Refereed: Yes
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