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Lankhill

Site/Artefact
Lankhill

Type
Archaeological Complex

Site Number
SMR Mayo 98 003

National Grid Reference
100950 East
279170 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series, 38

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Detail from Lankhill Pillar (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)

Description
Lankhill, an early Christian church site on the pilgrim route Tóchar Phádraig, which extends from Ballintubber to Croagh Patrick, had possibly a timber oratory which has long disappeared. The foundations of a later small stone building, possibly the church, are extant (Corlett, 2000). The field in which the church is located is known as Gort na Mannach, the field of the monks. But perhaps the name belies the ancient memory of place. The monks who settled here would have perhaps readapted the landscape to suit their needs.

The new settlers at Lankhill are thought to have taken a kerbstone from a megalithic tomb and erected it within the sacred enclosure. They then attempted to carve a cross on it thus redeploying the stone as a Christian boundary marker (Bitel, 1990). The significance of this would have been clear, to transform existing symbols of the sacred into Christian motifs. But perhaps this stone was already marking the ancient pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick in the Bronze Age? (Corlett, 1996)

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
Private ownership

References

Check out the following sections of the website for related information:

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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