Norman mote found in Kilcurry

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

A Norman mote found at Lurgankeel, Kilcurry in July, 1964 was the first of its kind to be examined thoroughly by the National Monuments Commission in the Republic.

The extensive archaeological excavation over seven weeks established the fort was occupied until some time in the 14th century. Occupation ceased about that time and there were no traces of other inhabitants until the 19th century.

Among the valuable finds were pottery, iron arrow heads, and a knife blade and rowel which were dated back to the 13trh century.

The excavations also uncovered a second mote about 40 feet from the principal one which was described as rather unique by the Commission.

The moats were outposts used in the Norman period to hold occupied territory and usually were within sight of others. The Lurgankeel one was in line with the vision of Castletown mount, Castle Roche Mount and would have been visible from the top of the wooden building of the period.

, of which traces had been found on the crown of the mound.

Referred to as Moat Albani in Wright's Louthlana, published in 1748, the Lurgankeel site got its name from a tenant of De Verdon early in the 13th century and was possible built by De Courcey around 1176 on his lighting raid into Co. Down. It would have been occupied up until about the time of Edward Bruce.

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