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Thornhill

Site/Artefact
Mound

Type
Burial Mound

Site Number
SMR Mayo 087 00011

National Grid Reference
089190 East
282860 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series No 31

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burial mound

Description
Large burial mounds of earth or stone, or a combination of both, are thought to have their origin in the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age. Those constructed of earth are referred to as tumuli whilst those mounds, which are formed of stones, are known as cairns. Some of the mounds in this area are used as part of the modern pilgrimage on the mountain, but were probably associated with pagan ritual or worship.

The largest mound in the area of Croagh Patrick is the Thornhill mound. This impressive almost circular tumulus has an overall diameter of 18m, while the flat top is 9m across. A cruciform pillar of stone and mortar, containing a millstone was constructed on this flat area in 1824 to celebrate Catholic emancipation.

Excavation Details
N/A

Access/Ownership
Private

References

Check out the following sections of the website for related information:

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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