List of Sites
Detail from Lankhill Pillar (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)
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)
- Bitel, L.M. 1990, Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland, London, Pp.51-3
- Corlett, C. 2001 Antiquities of West Mayo, Wordwell, Wicklow, Pp. 132-3
- Corlett, C. 1996, Prehistoric Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Cathair na Mart, No.16, Westport, Pp. 58-60
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
- Tóchar Phádraig
- Signum Crucis - the Sign of the Cross
- Norwegian Stone Crosses
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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