1991:117 - Curraghatoor, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Curraghatoor

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

Author: Martin Doody, Dept. of Archaeology, University College, Cork.

Site type: Late Bronze Age settlement

ITM: E 600050m, N 610853m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.249401, -7.999264

A sixth season of excavation was carried out at the site during a nine-week period in July and August 1991. The excavation was funded by a grant from the Royal Irish Academy.

The site has produced evidence for a settlement of Bronze Age date. The main features are the remains of possibly 8 hut structures, fence lines and a palisade trench. Six of the huts are circular in plan, while two, uncovered during the current season, are rectangular. A feature of the hut construction is the use of foundation trenches in six of the structures identified.

During this year’s work a small stone-line kiln was recorded close to the huts.

The evidence as it stands suggests that at least some of the hut structures were surrounded by a substantial palisade which then appears to have gone out of use with the further expansion of the settlement.