1991:067 - Brackloon, Kerry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kerry Site name: Brackloon

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

Author: Fionnbarr Moore, Office of Public Works, Dublin.

Site type: Lintel grave

ITM: E 460080m, N 601756m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.149905, -10.044638

Following a report to the Office of Public Works from the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, this site was investigated on 25 September 1991. It was discovered when the covering lintels collapsed under the weight of a tractor, causing subsidence of the overfill. The burial thus revealed was lined with red sandstone slabs at a depth of 0.5m below modern ground level. Orientated east-north-east/west-south-west, it narrowed gradually towards the east and west ends. Internally it measured (max) 1.8m by 0.37m and 0.36m in depth. The fragmentary remains of an extended inhumation were found.

The grave was located halfway between a cross inscribed standing stone (16m south-west) and an outcropping boulder with rock art. Local tradition recalls a similar grave having been found in the same field in the 1930s. (Reference: J. Cuppage, Archaeological Survey of the Dingle Peninsula, 1986, p.62.).