Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Metalworking pits at Dungeer, Co. Wexford (00E0475)

December, 2009 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 25 of 30 in the Issue 04

Archaeological Excavation Report

Metalworking pits

The two cut features excavated at Dungeer were small pits that were used for metalworking. Both pits demonstrated evidence of oxidisation and had fills which contained slag. The analysis of industrial residues confirmed that these were bowl furnaces used for smelting ore. The only metal type worked at the site was iron, with bog ore almost certainly the main raw material.

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