1997:564 - COPNEY, Tyrone

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tyrone Site name: COPNEY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 27:33 Licence number:

Author: Mark Gardiner, Department of Archaeology/ Palaeoecology, School of Geosciences, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN.

Site type: Stone circles

ITM: E 659839m, N 877996m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.646598, -7.072882

Small-scale excavations were carried out as part of a larger project to study the weathering of the stones of the prehistoric circles, uncovered in 1994.

The area chosen for excavation measured c. 2m by 2.5m and lay in an uncleared portion of Circle C.

The newly exposed stones were covered with a ‘skin’ of ‘sandy’ material (grus) which in some cases was penetrated by and inseparable from the roots in the peat. A possible stone setting, visible in plan, was examined by cutting a section against one of the stones, but could not be seen in section. Samples of stone were taken for scientific analysis.