2004:0406 - MALIN MORE, Donegal

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Donegal Site name: MALIN MORE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E1109

Author: Martin A. Timoney, B—thar an Chorainn, Keash, Co. Sligo.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 551049m, N 882706m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.690092, -8.759230

The site for a house and associated works at Malin More, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal, was tested on 8 September 2004. The site is on the north slopes of Glen Malin. Some 45m to the north-north-west of the extremity of the development is SMR 89:6, Cloghacorra standing stone and a portal tomb. A further 50m away is SMR 89:5, a portal tomb.

Inspection of the Cloghacorra standing stone and portal tomb recognised a stone-edged platform. Beside the standing stone on this platform is a small rectangular cairn, perhaps land clearance on a megalithic chamber. To the south there are indications of a much-reduced earthen field bank.

The south (front) side of the site is covered in bog, the rear with a thin layer of soil derived from glacial deposits, which overlie the more stony glacial deposits on the metamorphic bedrock of this part of Donegal. The applicant had dug a percolation test-hole which proved there to be at least 3m of bog there. Two 4m-wide trenches, totalling 124.5m, were opened with a four-foot toothless bucket. Nothing of an archaeological nature, by way of find or feature, was found.