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Buried in the Rath Field

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Full title: Cist Burial at Ballyknockan, Parish of Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: P.T. Walshe

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 2pp + photos

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 4 Number 2 pp. 259-260

When Published: December 1934

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: In 1934 the author of this article was made aware of a large stone on a lane on the lands of Charles Reilly of Ballyknockan in the parish of Kiltegan. The lane had been constructed some 50 years earlier by Mr. Reilly’s uncle and some bones had been uncovered. The author visited the site of the stone and carried out an investigation. This short report summarises the results of that investigation which concluded that the site located in a place known as the “rath field” contained a cremation burial.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes two black & white photographs.

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Grave Slabs From Hollywood and Further Afield

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Full title: The Hollywood Slabs: Some Late Medieval Grave Slabs from West Wicklow and Neighbouring Counties

Creator / Author: Christiaan Corlett

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 25p

Journal Information: Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 133, pp. 86-110

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland / 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2

About: The author first discovered this type of grave slab in Hollywood in West Wicklow. He coined the term ‘Hollywood Slabs’ to describe them, although there are now many more such slabs to be found outside of the Hollywood area. The slabs date from the medieval period and have distinctive characteristics. This article lists and describes all such slabs known to the author at the time of writing.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: includes five pages of black/white photographs and numerous illustrations.

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Extra #5: Visit the author’s website & blog

Extra #6: Link to the author’s page on Academia.edu

Extra #7: For an update to this article see the author’s blog entry

Laid to Rest in the White Field

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Full title: Excavation of Urn Burials at Clonshannon, Imaal, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: A. Mahr and L. Price

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 16pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 2 Number 1 pp. 75-90

When Published: June 1932

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: Around 1930, local farmer James Kavanagh uncovered an ancient grave while ploughing in a field known as the White Field. He replaced the cover stone and remembered that his father had uncovered other similar remains in the same field some forty years earlier. In 1931 word of these finds was passed on to the authors by Edward O’Toole. Excavations of the two sites were carried out in 1931 and on a third grave in 1932. Much of this article is taken up with a scholarly discussion on the pottery urns and vessels found during the excavations. The authors estimate the date of the burials to be around 700BC and they may very well have belonged to the same family group.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes several illustrations, black & white photographs and a map.

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The Riddle of the Mounds

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Full title: Excavation of a Mound at Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Helen M. Roe and Ellen Prendergast

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 12pp + photographs

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 76 (1), pp. 1-12

When Published: April 1946

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: Thanks to money donated by members of the R.S.A.I., an excavation fund was established in 1945. Some of this fund was utilised to perform an excavation on one of five low earthen mounds in a field outside Blessington. The evidence that was uncovered points to a timeframe from medieval times to late eighteenth-century. However no definitive function has been ascribed to the monument. The article speculates that the mounds may even have been part of an unfinished grand landscaping plan in the grounds of the Marquis of Downshire.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a plan & photograph of the site as well as illustrations and photograph of finds.

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The Old Pagan’s Grave in South West Wicklow

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Full title: Prehistoric Burial at Rath, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Ellen Prendergast and F. P. Lisowski

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 13pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 89 (1), pp. 17-29

When Published: 1959

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: While working on a newly-opened sandpit, two local men came upon some large stone slabs about 3 feet below the surface. A pottery vessel was found within the confines of the slabs. Local tradition held that the ‘Old Pagan’s Grave’ was located in the vicinity. The incident was reported to the National Museum and the author of this article visited the site and carried out an archaeological investigation. This article is a detailed account of the structure of the monument and the finds associated with it. An appendix to the article by Lisowski is a scientific report on the cremated bone remains located at the site.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a plan of the site and illustrations of pottery vessels.

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Disturbing the Bed of the Bitch

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Full title: The Moylisha Megalith, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Gearóid Ó h-Iceadha

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 10pp text + 2pp photographs

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 76 (3), pp. 119-128

When Published: October 1946

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: An account of an excavation of the remains of a burial cairn, known locally as Labbanasigha (meaning the bed of the bitch). This particular type of monument, called a Wedge Tomb or Gallery Grave is not all that common in Ireland. The excavation took place in 1937, the site having already been investigated 60 years earlier. The dating of the site is debatable but the article indicates a range between 2300 and 1000 BC.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes 7 black & white photographs, a plan of the site and illustrations of found material.

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Extra #4: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Ancient Keadeen Kibbutz?

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Full title: A Prehistoric Enclosure at Keadeen, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Christiaan Corlett

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 11pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 134, pp. 80-90

When Published: 2004

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: The article is a detailed description of the visible remains of an archaeological site which encloses several hut sites and a standing stone. The site is compared with hillforts in the area although it differs from these in that it is not located at the summit. A site excavation will be needed to try to answer questions about its origin and use.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes 10 black & white photographs and a plan of the site.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Extra #5: Visit the author’s website & blog

Extra #6: Link to the author’s online presence on Academia.edu

Walls of Troy in South West Wicklow

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Full title: A Former Sod or Turf Maze at Ballynavortha, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Conleth Manning

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 134, pp. 166-168

When Published: 2004

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: A short article describing a maze constructed on farmland in the townland of Ballynavortha. The maze was made of sod or turf and was know locally as the ‘Walls of Troy’. Other similar constructions in Northern Ireland and in England are known by the same name. Unfortunately, the site was levelled many years ago so this rare Irish example is gone.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a sketch of the site made in late 1950’s by Paddy Healy.

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Extra #5 View the entry for ‘Ballynavortha’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

Blessington Manor Summarised

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Full title: The Manor of Blessington

Creator / Author: Thos. U. Sadleir

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 4pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Sixth Series, Volume 18 Number 2 pp. 128-131

When Published: December 1928

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: A summary history of the Manor of Blessington which concentrates on the family linkages to the estate from 1683 onwards. These connections begin with Michael Boyle who was Archbishop of Dublin, then Murrough Boyle  (Viscount Blesington), then Charles Boyle (2nd Viscount Blesington), then William Stewart (Viscount Mountjoy), then Charles Dunbar, then Lord Hillsborough.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes an illustration of the Manor House.

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Taxing the Hearthland

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Full title: The Hearth Money Roll for County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Liam Price

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 15pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 1 Number 2 pp. 164-178

When Published: December 1931

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: Hearth Money or Chimney Money was a 17th-century tax based on the number of fireplaces in a person’s dwelling. The original returns for this levy were lost in the destruction of the Public Record Office. However some earlier transcriptions survive. This article mainly consists of a listing of the Hearth Money Roll for County Wicklow as transcribed by Mr. William Monck Mason in the 19th-century. The listing gives the names of all the parishes and townlands of which the County was then composed (except for some places missing from the original manuscript) together with the number of inhabited houses in each townland. Unfortunately, the only householder names recorded by Mr. Mason are those living in houses with more than one hearth. The author of this article has written the introduction to this listing and added footnotes as appropriate.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

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Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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

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