Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Fulachta fiadh, ring ditch and iron/copper working areas at Ballydowny, Co.Kerry (02E0055)

August, 2010 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 1 of 5 in the Issue 07

Archaeological Excavation Report

Five fulachta fiadh, a ring ditch with cremation burial, two Medieval iron working areas and a prehistoric site with evidence of copper working

The development site was a green field site, used for pasture for horses belonging to the Equestrian Centre, located in the western suburbs of Killarney town, to the north of the N72 linking Killarney to Killorglin. Killarney National Park is located to the south of the site. Ballydowny is bordered to the north by Groin townland and the development site holds panoramic views of Tomies Mountain and the Magillycuddy Reeks to the south-west.

Nine areas were excavated within the proposed development site. This included the excavation of five fulacht fiadh together with their associated hearths and troughs, a ring ditch with a cremation burial and the remains of two Medieval iron working areas and a prehistoric site with evidence of copper working. The radiocarbon results show occupation in these areas from the Neolithic period, through the Bronze Age, Iron Age and up to the Early Medieval period. The excavation of these new sites highlights the concentration of archaeological monuments, particularly fulacht fiadh, in this area north of Lough Leane.

Authors: Jacinta Kiely and Niamh O’Callaghan

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