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A monastic enclosure site at Clonfad, Co. Westmeath

A monastic enclosure site at Clonfad, Co. Westmeath

By Paul Stevens

Archaeology Ireland, Vol.20 (2006)

Introduction: Excavation in advance of the new N6 Kinnegad-Kilcuck dual carriageway revealed a previously unknown large Early Christian and medieval monastic enclosure close to Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath. The partial excavation (approximately 10%) of the enclosure produced very significant evidence for monastic life and work in the early medieval period and a very large and significant assemblage of Early Christian artefacts, including the largest Irish early historic metalworkign assemblage to date and unique evidence of handbell production.

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