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|Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp|
Part III: The Plateaux of Central Burren: Iskancullin; Berneens
Iskancullin (O.S. 9, No. 11)
A small caher, little over 50 feet across (marked, but not distinguished from modern enclosures on the new maps), lies on the summit. It is built like the other cahers of long, thin flags, and consequently is of regular masonry. The wall varies from 5 feet to 6 feet in thickness and height, and can be located from the Carran road by two lofty shepherds ‘outlooks’ or pillars of dry stones. Within the mossy garth, among low tufts of wild roses, is a ‘cave’ 9 feet or 10 feet long, 3 feet 8 inches wide, and about 4 feet high, the sides are of dry masonry, and the top of thin slabs, rising over the present level of the garth.
Close to the caher to the south-west is an irregular ‘moher,’ rudely rectangular, about 130 feet by 100 feet, the wall seldom 5 feet high and 4 feet thick, of the same masonry as the cahers. Another ‘moher,’ about 150 feet each way, its walls gapped, but parts rising over 8 feet high, also of similar masonry, and without interior foundations, stands on the edge of Noughaval, a contemporaneous wall extending for 60 feet into Iskancullin.
In the field between and south of the mohers is a fine cromlech, standing on nearly bare crag, with no sign of a cairn about it. It is, as usual, a cist tapering eastward, 8 feet 6 inches long, and 5 feet 2 inches to 4 feet 9 inches wide, made of thin slabs, 6 inches to 9 inches thick. The covering slabs have fallen. An enclosure of slabs surround it at a distance of from 15 inches to 30 inches at the sides, and 5 feet to 7 feet at the ends. Nine slabs stand to the north, at least five to the south and three to each end; the largest of these are 4 feet 8 inches by 4 feet, and 6 feet 3 inches by 2 feet 8 inches. The west end is slightly bent. There seems to have been a smaller cist within the enclosure near the east end of the main cist.
(O.S. 5, No. 11)