1999:307 - KINALEHIN FRIARY AND ABBEYVILLE, Galway

County: Galway Site name: KINALEHIN FRIARY AND ABBEYVILLE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 98E0312

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Site type: Earthworks

ITM: E 594595m, N 717393m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.206940, -8.080910

An open field on the south side of the ruins of the Franciscan monastery of Kinalehin has a complex of earthworks that may represent the cells and cloister of the Carthusian monastery that was founded at this site in the 13th century. A preliminary programme of soil sampling, using a technique devised in the University of Bristol, was carried out in September 1998 in collaboration with Professor Mick Aston and Dr Mark Horton (Bristol). Fist-sized soil samples were taken at 5m intervals and analysed for their heavy-metal content (zinc, cobalt etc.). Concentration of traces of these metals indicated areas of human occupation, and these in turn indicated possible cell sites.Tadhg O'Keefe, Department of Archaeology, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4.Editor's note: This summary, though of work carried out during 1998, was received too late for inclusion in the bulletin of that year.