|Discovery:||in/on structure, 1853 Windele, J.|
|History:||Macalister/1945, 189--191: `In the small, and now erased fort which gave its name to this townland was a souterrain of which two lintel stones bore inscriptions. These were taken up and removed to the adjacent townland of Lougher, to serve the same purpose in modern buildings...The stone was removed by the tenant, Simon McCarthy, in 1853, and placed as a lintel in his dairy. The stone was apparently discovered by Windele, and its existence is recorded by Brash (p. 239) and Ferguson (p. 23), but without sufficient specification of the position of the farm (naming the occupant who was deceased even at the time when they wrote). It is not at all clear that they themselves even saw it: Ferguson admittedly quotes from Brash, and Brash, contrary to his normal custom, gives no drawing of the stone. Through many years I had enquired locally after the stone from time to time, but always in vain: and having received a faulty direction which led me to a house that had been demolished and rebuilt, I gave it up for lost. It was, however, recently rediscovered by Mr. P. O'Sullivan, of Derrygorman, one of the energetic assistants of Capt. O'Connell in his work on an archaeological survey of Kerry, lying secure where it had always been, since Simon McCarthy appropriated it: his descendent, Mr. John McCarthy, is now in the occupation of the farm'.|
|Geology:||Macalister/1945, 191: `a grit'.|
|Dimensions:||1.24 x 0.09 x 0.33 (converted from Macalister/1945)|
Macalister/1945, 191: `lying secure where it had always been, since Simon McCarthy appropriated it: his descendent, Mr. John McCarthy, is now in the occupation of the farm'.
Macalister/1945, 191: `The stone...[has] a blank butt, 1' 2" long'.
|Condition:||incomplete , some|
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||ERCAVICCASMAQICO[--|
ERCAVICCAS MAQI CO[--
Macalister/1945 191 reading only
|McManus, D. (1991):||ERCAVICCASMAQICO[--|
ERCAVICCAS MAQI CO[--
McManus/1991 65 reading only
|Position:||ind ; arris ; n/a ; undecorated|
Macalister/1945, 191: `It has been thickly coated with whitewash, and this makes it impossible to determine with certainty the technical process adopted by the lapidary'.
|Date:||366 - 499 (McManus/1991)|
See McManus/1991, 93.
|Ling. Notes:||McManus/1991, 93, lists this inscription as probably one which shows `no sign of vowel affection...or any of the developments postdating it'. As a result this inscription is placed in the first period, probably late fourth or fifth century.|
Also see McManus/1991, 88, 103, 104, 116, 117.
|Palaeography:||Macalister/1945, 191: `The inscription is: |
ERCAVICCAS MAQI CO[...
which corrects Brash's reading, where the S is omitted'.