- Moyle Big, Co. Carlow, Carlow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Carlow Site name: Moyle Big, Co. Carlow

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR CW007-052 Licence number:



ITM: E 727690m, N 717310m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.190893, -6.089196

In June 1980 human remains were discovered during quarrying operations at Moyle Big, Co. Carlow.49 The site, a natural sand and gravel ridge known locally as Moyle Moat, was being exploited by Carlow County Council, and the western third had been almost entirely removed over the previous years. The discovery was reported to the NMI by Veronica Shorten of the Carlow Historical Society and was subsequently visited by Raghnall Ó Floinn. No burials were found in situ at the time of investigation, and there was no evidence for any type of grave structure such as cist slabs. Three sherds of Leinster Cooking Ware were found on the south slope of the quarry spoil, and there was some evidence for domestic activity in the form of some animal teeth and a few oyster shells. In 1984 the site was again visited by Conleth Manning of the National Monuments Service. He collected human and animal remains (1984:120; 259–60) from the quarry, but again these had been disturbed prior to the investigation. As was the case in the previous investigation, there was no evidence for a grave in the vicinity.

49. Parish of Kellistown, barony of Carlow. SMR CW007-052——. IGR 27767 17280. The top of the hill is at an altitude of 90m OD.