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Beginish house
Native name
Irish: Teachín Bheiginse
Beiginis house
View over Beginish Island.jpg
View over Beginish Island; the Viking house is visible as a stone ring at centre
Etymology "little island"
Location County Kerry
Nearest city Cahersiveen
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Built c. 9th century AD
Owner In state guardianship
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Beginish Stone-built house
Reference no. 500

The Beginish house is a stone house and National Monument associated with the Viking period, located in County Kerry, Ireland.

Location

The Beginish house is located in Canroe (An Ceann Rua, "the red headland"), on the eastern part of Beginish Island, an island in Valentia Harbour.

History

The settlement at Beginish was inhabited by Vikings between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.

Description

8 stone houses were associated with field systems, 8 cairns and 15 animal shelters.

A runic inscription was found used as lintel for a house, and a bone pin and comb were found.

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