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Ashleypark, Ardcroney, Co Tipperary

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A previously unknown neolithic burial mound was discovered in 1980 when a densely-wooded area was being cleared by a local farmer.

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The mound was excavated and was found to date from c 3500 BC, and contained the disarticulated bones of an adult male, a child and an infant. The floorstone of the chamber was significantly tilted, and that this was always so is suggested by two stones placed under the remains of a pot to keep it level on the sloping surface – presumably the pot contained a liquid or other spillable substance.

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The mound is about 26 metres in diameter and 5 meters in height, and is surrounded by a double ditch and an outer bank.

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An exposed section illustrates the method of construction – the mound is a pure cairn, composed entirely of stones with a covering mantle of clay

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