1974:0036 - CLOGHER (town), Tyrone

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tyrone Site name: CLOGHER (town)

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

Author: Mr. R. Warner, Department of Antiquities, Ulster Museum.

Site type: Early Christian (?)

ITM: E 653740m, N 850602m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.401171, -7.172356

Building works, following demolition, opposite the Cathedral in Clogher uncovered a scatter of features. The occupation levels, and even the top of the boulder clay, had been removed last century, but the bottoms of some sterile pits, the remains of a bronze-working or bronze-smelting site, and a stone lined well were uncovered, cleared and recorded. The well, which was probably never deeper than about 2 metres, produced sawn antler tines, and bones, but no pottery. Indeed no pottery earlier than the 19th century was found on the site. It is not possible to put a date on these remains, but the late 1st millennium or early 2nd millennium A.D. would not be inconsistent with the archaeological and historical evidence. The site is several hundred yards from that of the hillfort excavation (site 30 below) and should be related to the ecclesiastical community of Clogher, or the secular settlement around it, rather than to the nearby royal centre.