1985:20 - Demesne of Down, Down

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Down Site name: Demesne of Down

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

Author: N.E. Brannon, Historic Monuments Branch, DOE

Site type: Standing Stone

ITM: E 748420m, N 843403m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.317751, -5.718665

A 3 X 3m. trench was opened around this standing stone, joined by two approximately E.-W. 9 X 1m. trenches which traversed the summit of the hillock.

A 17-20cm. topsoil gave on to a gravel subsoil. No features (burials, ring-ditch, empty sockets) were located and artefacts were restricted to 18th-century or later potsherds, deriving probably from manuring or occasional visitors. The standing stone occupied the S. side of a sub-circular socket, the N. side backfilled with supporting stones. The socket was not fully excavated, but extended beyond a depth of 20cm. The excavations failed to demonstrate the stone’s antiquity. The site is now a scheduled monument and the report has been published in Lecale Miscellany 3(1985), 12.