Eachtra Journal

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Mesolthic, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age activity on the banks of the River Funshion, Gortore Co. Cork

May, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 23 of 37 in the Issue 10

Archaeological Excavation Report

Mesolthic, Neolithic, and Early Bronze AgeĀ  activity on the banks of the River Funshion

The excavation of the site at Gortore 1b E2410 comprised three areas, 1, 2 and 3. The site was located on the southern bank of the River Funshion. A truncated house and a group of pits and post-holes were excavated in Area 1. A group of pits, some dating to the Mesolithic period, were excavated in Area 2. A large concentration of pits, post-holes and hearths, which formed at least two possible structures, were excavated in Area 3. The underlying limestone geology and the formation of sink holes in Area 3 were problematic.
An important assemblage of lithic artefacts, dating from the Early Mesolithic to the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age, was recovered, in particular from Area 2 and Area 3. An assemblage of Early Neolithic carinated bowls and Middle Neolithic gobular bowls was also recovered from the site. A corn-drying kiln dated to the early medieval period was recorded in Area 1.

Authors: Julianna O’Donoghue

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