Eachtra Journal

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A burnt mound, metalworking area & post-medieval settlement at Ballinglanna North, Co. Cork

May, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 3 of 37 in the Issue 10

Archaeological Excavation Report

Burnt mound, metalworking area & post-medieval settlement

The excavation of the site at Ballinglanna North 1 revealed a range of features dating to the Late Bronze Age, the early medieval period and the modern period. The site was located on the western bank of the Glencorra Stream and most of the activity recorded on site was associated with this water source. The earliest evidence, a single flint blade, from the site dated to the Mesolithic.  A small group of stone tools including flint debitage was dated to the Early Bronze Age but none of the features recorded on site could be assigned to the Early Bronze Age. A fulacht fiadh was dated to the Late Bronze Age. The mound overlay a substantial rectangular trough. The trough was connected to a well. A small number of post-holes were located to the south of the trough. The site was suitable as a location for metalworking, specifically iron smithing, in the early medieval period. A large ditch was excavated parallel and to the west of the Glencorra Stream. A large quantity of slag was recovered from the fills of the ditch and a small amount from a small group of pits on the eastern edge of the ditch. No certain features of metallurgical origin were recorded at the site. Two large storage pits and an area of domestic occupation are associated with the early medieval phase of activity. Finally the site was occupied in the modern period. A small stone structure, some linear features and a revetment wall on the western side of the Glencorra Stream date to the modern period.

Authors: Nick Garland, Jacinta Kiely and John Tierney

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