Eachtra Journal

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Prehistoric activity at Gortnahown, Co. Cork

May, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 21 of 37 in the Issue 10

Archaeological Excavation Report

Prehistoric activity

The excavation of the site at Gortnahown 3 revealed prehistoric settlement remains. These were concentrated in the eastern part of the site and they included a hearth and a group of pits and stake-holes dated to the Late Bronze Age. In the western part of the site a small concentration of stake-holes, a pit and two post-holes was found clustered around a hearth. In between the eastern and the western concentrations of archaeological features there was a single isolated hearth dated to the Iron Age. Lithic artefacts dating to the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age and sherds of Domestic Cordoned Urn were recovered from some of the pits.

Authors: Julianna O’Donoghue, Debbie Leigh & Penny Johnston

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