1990:087 - Carrowsteelagh, Mayo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Mayo Site name: Carrowsteelagh

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

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

Site type: Lintel graves

ITM: E 519685m, N 837082m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.276224, -9.233199

In making a path along the cliff-top at Carrowsteelagh, Kilcummin, Co. Mayo, a cutting was made through a long narrow bank. Under the bank two lintel graves were discovered. These were investigated by the National Museum over a three day period. Cist 1 had been disturbed but remained mostly intact. It was composed of thin shale slabs and measured 1.6m by 0.48m internally. No skeletal remains survived. Cist 2 was adjacent to Cist 1 and was of similar construction but survived in better condition as it had not been disturbed. It measured l.82m by 0.45m internally. Some human bone survived in very poor condition but it is clear that the skeleton lay with its head at the western end of the cist. It was not possible to determine any stratigraphical relationship between the bank feature and the cists.