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Early Cross Slab at Knappaghmanagh (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)
The consecrated ground around early churches was enclosed by a circular wall of earth and stone, many do not survive. However, at Knappaghmanagh, meaning the hilly land of the monks, there is a fine large oval enclosure of earth and stone containing a children's burial ground and an altar (Morahan, 2001). Scattered around the circular children's burial area are rough low uninscribed grave markers. However, on one triangular slab an equal-armed cross enclosed by a double circle is carved. The interesting thing about this cross is the geometrically carved human figure which may represent Christ but not perhaps the Crucifixion. This unusual early Christian cross slab has on the bottom left side an incised Greek cross enclosed by a diamond (Corlett, 2000).
- Corlett, C. 2001 Antiquities of West Mayo, Wordwell, Wicklow, p.45, 52, 132
- Morahan, L. 2001 Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo archaeology, landscape and people, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee, Mayo, p. 126, 131, 154
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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