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An Easter Excavation

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Full title: Report on Excavation Recently Conducted in Killeen Cormac, Co. Kildare

Creator / Author: R. A. S. Macalister and R. Lloyd Praeger

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 15p text + 5p (plan & photographs)

Journal Information: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 38, (1928-1929), pp. 247-261

When Published: 1929

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Irish Academy / Dawson Street, Dublin

About: This is an account of an excavation at the ancient graveyard of Killeen Cormac, near Dunlavin which took place around Easter in 1929. The excavation discounts an earlier theory that the mound-shaped cemetery contained chambers of pre-historic origin. Likewise, no evidence was found for the presence of a church. The authors then concentrated on various pillar-stones, some with Ogham inscriptions and some without as well as slabstones with cross designs.  Detailed descriptions are provided for each of the examples given.

Extra #1: includes plan of the cemetery, illustrations and four pages of photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Read the article online via the JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

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