- Courtnaboghilla, Co. Kilkenny, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: Courtnaboghilla, Co. Kilkenny

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR KK025-003001KK025-003KK025-019KK025-020 Licence number:

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Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

ITM: E 665556m, N 651212m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.608198, -7.032101

In February 1958 human and animal remains were discovered during bulldozing operations at Courtnaboghilla near Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.134 The remains were discovered within a rectilinear earthwork135 that was being levelled by the landowner. According to reports, the area was slightly raised above the surrounding ground and enclosed by a ditch. The site was reported to the NMI by Lady Rosemary Fitzgerald of Borris House, Co. Carlow. According to Lady Fitzgerald, the field was known locally as ‘Rath field’, and bones had been ploughed up in every tilling but were assumed to be animal remains. Most of the bone appears to have been disturbed, but according to reports some were buried in a supine position, aligned west/east, at a depth of 0.3–0.6m below ground level. No structural stones were noticed around the burial, nor were any associated artefacts found on the site. The site was visited by Dr A.T. Lucas. The mound was found to be a naturally raised area and appeared to have been almost completely levelled. The human remains were not acquired by the Museum. Two other monuments are recorded in this townland—a moated site and an enclosure.136

134. Parish of Powerstown, barony of Gowran. SMR KK025-003001—.
135. KK025-003——. IGR 265620 151167.
136. KK025-019——, IGR 265117 150661; and KK025-020——, IGR 265899 150460