- Gaggan, Co. Cork, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: Gaggan, Co. Cork

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR CO110-086 Licence number:


Site type: Early medieval graves

ITM: E 443974m, N 553356m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 51.723056, -8.812778

In 1936 a number of long cists were discovered during the digging of a boundary ditch on the site of a dwelling house at Gaggan, near Bandon, Co. Cork.11 The site was reported to the Gardaí at Bandon, and was excavated by Mr T. Shea of Enniskeane, Co. Cork.12 According to Shea’s correspondence, seven long cists were discovered parallel to each other, all aligned west/east, at a depth of approximately 0.76m below ground level. The burials were badly disturbed, and the site had been visited by many locals before Shea’s investigation. The cists are described as ‘slablined’ but it is not clear whether they were sealed by capstones or lintels. A number of skulls (1936:3760) were recovered, indicating that the graves contained inhumed skeletons; according to the finders, at least one was an extended burial. No associated artefacts were found with the burials. No excavation report was received and no further information is available as to the disposition of the graves. The human remains from this site have not been examined.

11. Parish of Ballymodan, barony of Kinalmeaky. OS 6in. sheet 110. SMR CO110-086——. IGR 4399 5329. There is a a ringfort, CO110-042——, nearby. The site is 1.5km south of the Bandon River and just south of a crossroads at Clonakilty Junction, a railway station on the Great Southern and Western railway. The burials were located on the north side of a low hill, Slieveadrohid (201m OD), at an altitude of 80–90m above sea level.
12. Mr Shea, a former member of the Ordnance Survey, was well known to the NMI and had excavated with Dr Mahr on previous occasions.