1988:66 - Coolnaboy, Wexford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wexford Site name: Coolnaboy

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

Author: Mary Cahill, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Site type: Pit burial

ITM: E 700731m, N 131962m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.430267, -6.518698

This pit burial was exposed in section by joint forces of weathering and burrowing in the side of a small farm quarry. A spillage of white (cremated) bone was noticed first. Following a report from a local source, a two day rescue excavation was undertaken by the National Museum of Ireland. The pit, which measured 0.45m in depth and 0.5m in maximum width, contained a vase urn containing a cremation and a small fragment of a bronze pin(?). A highly decorated vase was placed mouth downwards on the base of the vase urn. Soil compression had caused extensive damage to the base and body of the vase.