Flint scaper, tertiary
Flint scraper, tertiary, two straight sides and one curved
This item was found along with 13 others by chance by archaeologist Shane Delaney while walking in the area during the summer of 2000. All the items were surface finds and were found on disturbed ground. The disturbance was due tot he removal of field walls and the subsequent mounding of the wall rubble into mounds.
The field system pattern in the area has been significantly altered since the turn of the century as evidence from the SMR map for the area (Sheet 8 and 8a). The field walls that have been removed are not marked on the revised 6 inch O.S. maps from 1913-1918, so they must be later.
The access road to the area is also a twentieth century structure, as it is not feature on the SMR.
The area where the artefacts were found is marked as an archaeological comlex (SMR CL008-057). This encompasses a number of enclosures and a cashel and possible ancient field systems. The soil of the area is formed on limestone bedrock and is characterised best by the karst landscape of the Burren.
The topsoil depth is very shallow and the protruding limestone bedrock is a major feature of the topography. The depth of disturbed topsoil is no more than a couple of centimetres in general.
This flint scraper was found with 2 other artefacts approximately 10 metres east of a cashel marked CL008-050702 (see Object History File).
Collection: National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994