Donaghmore Souterrain facts for kids
|Uaimh Thalún an Domhnaigh Mhóir|
Chart of the souterrain, from Thomas Wright's Louthiana
|Location||Donaghmore Kilcurly, Dundalk,
County Louth, Ireland
|Region||Castletown River Valley|
|Founded||between AD 700 and 1200|
|Official name||Donaghmore Souterrain|
Donaghmore Souterrain is located 3.6 km (2.2 mi) west of Dundalk, near a cluster of houses.
Souterrains are cave-like structures built as places of refuge and storage, and in Ireland they date between the 8th and 12th centuries.
The souterrain was discovered in 1960 during the construction of a Louth County Council cottage. It was excavated by Etienne Rynne who found trenches, a pit, two post-holes. sherds of souterrain ware, a bronze pin, a whetstone and iron slag.
The souterrain at Donaghmore is a complex of tunnels lined with dry stone walls, floors and ceilings, with corbels and lintels. The ceilings are over 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in height and the total length of tunnel is 80 m (260 ft). It is largely dug into boulder clay but also into Silurian grit.
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