1985:060 - CARRIG, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: CARRIG

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

Author: Eoin Grogan

Site type: Cairn - burial cairn

Period/Dating: Bronze Age (2200 BC-801 BC)

ITM: E 699419m, N 712364m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.152492, -6.513612

The site consists of a largely denuded cairn with a maximum diameter of 15m. It is situated on the western spur of Lugnagun Great at c. 950 ft and overlooks the Blessington Reservoir to the south. The cairn survives to a maximum height of 50cm. It covered four costs; one of these (A) was excavated in December 1984 by Mr. E. P. Kelly of the National Museum of Ireland. Two of the lists contained primary cremation burials associated with Food Vessels and two, including one of the latter, contained intrusive Cordoned Urn interments. One of the urns was associated with a bronze razor/knife and another contained two faience beads. In all, ten burials were contained in the lists. Other activity, probably associated with burial ritual, was represented on the old ground surface beneath the cairn. Another burial contained in a coarse urn in a pit occurred 15m to the north of the site. The cairn is part of a complex of monuments in the immediate area including two other tumuli and a wedge tomb.