A Metalworking Site at Kiondroghad, Kirk Andreas, Isle of Man
Gelling, P.S. (University of Birmingham)
Medieval Archaeology, Vol.13 (1969)
The parish of Kirk Andreas occupies the central portion of the northern plain of the Isle of Man (FIG. 26). Its western boundary, which is part of the western boundary of the sheading of Ayre, follows a shallow flat-bottomed valley which must formerly have been wet and marshy, but is today drained by the Lhen Trench. On Kiondroghad farm, about a mile north-west of Andreas village there is a low mound on the valley bottom (NX 396002), close to where the ground begins to rise on its E. side. The Ordnance Survey I in, map describes it as a Round House, implying that it belonged to the same group as the round houses excavated by the late Professor Gerhard Bersu on Ballacagen and Ballanorris in the south of the island; and this indeed was what the site was considered to be before the excavation, here described, began.