1971:0030 - NEWGRANGE*, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: NEWGRANGE*

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

Author: Prof. M.J. O’Kelly, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork

Site type: Neolithic Settlement Associated with Passage Grave

ITM: E 700679m, N 772747m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.694712, -6.475492

Investigations continued in the area reported upon in the report for 1970. It will be remembered that amongst the features described therein were the numerous large, deep pits, which underlay the Beaker settlement. Several more such pits were located and excavated during the 1971 season. As before, they proved difficult to excavate and slow to record properly and much of the season’s work was taken up with them. The new pits varied in diameter from 50 to 150cm and up to 200cm in depth. The contents again appeared to be deliberately thrown-in rubbish, which included animal bones, flints and pot-sherds. No Beaker ware was identifiable amongst these sherds.