Excavation of an early medieval settlement and other sites at Dromthacker, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Cleary, Rose M. (University College Cork)
Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Vol. 108C, (2008)
This report presents the results of excavations of a ringfort, an enclosure and two fulachtaí fia (popularly known as fulachta fiadh). Pre-enclosure settlement on the ringfort site comprised an oval-shaped house dating to the early sixth–early seventh century period. An enclosing bank and ditch were subsequently constructed and two structures of late sixth–early seventh century were associated with the ringfort phase. The ringfort ditch also appears to have become redundant and was partly back-filled in antiquity. The surviving material culture was poor although there was evidence for iron-working on the site. The enclosure was large and surrounded by a deep ditch that was back-filled in antiquity, and the upper levels were infilled in modern times. There was no evidence for the date or function of the site and it may be early medieval or earlier in date. Modern features to the north included four lime-kilns of unusual morphology. Two spreads of burnt stone were excavated and one site had the remains of a trough and is dated to the early Bronze Age.