MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library

    A Bronze Age hilltop cemetery complex: Ballon Hill, Co. Carlow

    O'Neill, Nial and Grogan, Eoin and Kearney, Deirdre and O'Neill, Pat (2016) A Bronze Age hilltop cemetery complex: Ballon Hill, Co. Carlow. The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 146. pp. 5-20. ISSN 0035-9106

    Download (1MB) | Preview

    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...

    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    Situated towards the middle of the relatively flat expanse between the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains to the east and the Castlecomer plateau to the west, Ballon Hill is a conical-shaped hill aligned northwest-southeast in otherwise unremarkable topography. Rising to only 130m above sea-level, the surrounding countryside elevates the hill into a topographical focal point. This low yet prominent hill appears to have attracted considerable attention in the Early Bronze Age from possibly as early as 2200 BC when it was chosen as a burial place. In the 1850s and 1860s, ' diggings 'were carried out on the hill by the then landowners to try to recover so-called ' pans ' or ' crocks ' that were reportedly being found following tree-planting and quarrying works. Three publications on these ' diggings 'appeared in the 1850s and 1860s describing the uncovering of numerous artefacts. The Ballon Hill Archaeology Project was established to bring together all this disparate information and to try to understand the place of Ballon Hill in the burial record of the Irish Bronze Age. It appears at least three burial monuments, including a burial mound and two barrow monuments, were constructed during the Early Bronze Age with numerous other burials placed over much of the hill. There is an absolute minimum of 23 pottery vessels and arguably a minimum of 38 vessels from Ballon Hill with all extant vessels dating to the Early Bronze Age.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: bronze age; hilltop cemetery complex; ballon hill; carlow;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Celtic Studies > Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)
    Item ID: 16070
    Depositing User: Eoin Grogan
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 14:01
    Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
    Publisher: JSTOR
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page


    Downloads per month over past year

    Origin of downloads