Cist at Fassaroe

Image of the Cist at Fassaroe
From - Cremated Burial found near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 5 No. 2, December 1935, pages 325 – 327 by Liam Price
Image of flint found in Cist at Fassaroe
From - Cremated Burial found near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 5 No. 2, December 1935, pages 325 – 327 by Liam Price

The cist at Fassaroe was found, several years before 1935, under a large stone, in the lands of Berryfield, in the townland of Fassaroe north of Enniskerry. The cist was found by the by the owner of the land and his workman James Devlin, while digging in the field for sand. In 1935 Mr. G. F. Mitchell of Trinity College Dublin and Liam Price visited the site, where they found pieces of cremated bone and two chips of flint. The stones of the cist formed a roughly circular shape. There was no urn or pottery vessel of any kind in the cist and the bones in the cist rested on a schist flag of 16 inches in length, by 13 inches in width and 5 inches thick. The cist was three feet in depth. The stones making up the cist were mainly granite, though two were limestone.

The bones were later examined by Dr. C. P. Martin, a University Anatomist of Trinity College Dublin, who reported that the bone fragments were small and much damaged. He also reported that they were the remains of an adult, of good size and good muscular development and he believed that they were belonging to a male.

Bibliography

Price, Liam Miscellanea, Cremated Burial found near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 5 No. 2, December 1935, pages 325 – 327

Price, Liam The Price Notebooks, Volume 1 and Volume 2, (editors Christiaan Corlett and Mairead Weaver), An Roinn Comhshaoil agus Rialtais ítiúil / Department of the Environment and Local Government, 2002

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