2004:0266 - GARRANES, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: GARRANES

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0457

Author: William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway

Site type: Fulacht fia

Period/Dating: Bronze Age (2200 BC-801 BC)

ITM: E 462261m, N 541854m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 51.612312, -9.988886

Excavation was carried out in April 2004 at a prehistoric settlement site on the Beara peninsula, Co. Cork. The aim was to assess damage caused by recent unlicensed digging at the site, to record the surviving remains and, finally, to reinstate the monument.

Excavation revealed two phases of activity, beginning with the brief use of a fulacht fiadh with stone-built hearth and water trough. This was followed by renewed use of the hearth in association with a slab-built enclosure that was possibly used as a cooking house. Finds consist of a flint scraper and a broken stone hammer.

Radiocarbon dates indicate a Middle–Late Bronze Age date for the two phases of occupation on this site.