1989:018 - Lisnamulligan, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: Lisnamulligan

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

Author: Raghnall O Floinn, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Site type: Bronze Age cist

ITM: E 624464m, N 892974m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.784125, -7.619677

A cist grave was found at Lisnamulligan which lies south of the village of Castlefinn and some 3m south-west of a cist excavated in 1984.The capstone was located by probing in a barley field in a patch of ground left bare after the dry summer. The capstone lay some 0.lSm-0.2m below the sod. This consisted of an oval slab of mica-schist measuring 1.7m x 1.lm. The cist was set in an oval pit and was trapezoidal in shape, measuring 0.95m long by 0.65m in width at its widest and aligned north-south. Its sides were defined by single slabs set on edge and the floor of the cist was paved with flat stones. Two large slabs were placed across the short ends corbel-fashion and it was on these that the capstone rested.The burial consisted of a single crouched inhumation with the head facing east. In the north-east corner above the head was a decorated bowl food vessel of bipartite form.