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Neolithic Pits and a Burnt Mound at Culleenwaine, Co. Offaly

July, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 6 of 33 in the Issue 11

Archaeological Excavation Report

Neolithic Pits and a Burnt Mound

Two phases of prehistoric activity were recorded at Culleenwaine. A group of 18 pits was dated to the first half of the Neolithic Period. Lithics, pottery, burnt animal bone and a small quantity of charred seeds were recovered from some of the Neolithic pits. The second phase of activity was dated to the Early Bronze Age. It comprised a burnt mound which was associated with three troughs and at least four small pits. Evidence for lining was recorded in two of the troughs. Two, un-stratified lithics, a flint convex end scraper and a chert retouched blade were associated with the Early Bronze Age phase of activity.
The site was disturbed in the modern period by the excavation of a field boundary. It subsequently went out of use and was back filled. The associated land reclamation works disturbed the extent of the layers of burnt mound material.

Author: John Tierney

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