1969:023 - GRANNAGH/ARDRAHAN, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: GRANNAGH/ARDRAHAN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number:

Author: Mr Etienne Rynne, Department of Archaeology, U.C.G., for the National Museum of Ireland.

Site type: Barrow - ring-barrow

Period/Dating: Iron Age (800 BC-AD 339)

ITM: E 551055m, N 710027m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.138518, -8.731509

This site had previously been investigated in 1916 by Macalister (cf P.R.I.A., 33 - (1917), 508-510), who had concluded that it dated to the Early Iron Age. The site is a low mound surrounded by a low bank with a deep internal fosse, and about 15 metres in overall diameter. Excavation revealed that the site was, in fact, of Early Iron Age date, bronze La Tène fibulae, multi-coloured glass beads, a dumbbell shaped glass bead, bone beads, bone pins, iron fragments, and some other objects being found, mostly but not all in the fosse. Pockets of cremated bones were found in the fosse as well as a large quantity of minute fragments scattered over the central mound.