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Knock e Dooney Ship Burial

Period: Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 240660

NGR Northing: 502080

Description: Viking Age ship burial. The prominent, grass-covered burial mound at Knock e Dooney was excavated by Philip Kermode in 1927. The mound was 15.5m in diameter and 2.4m high. It proved to contain a Viking boat burial of 900-950 AD, the boat being defined by about 300 iron rivets, most having decayed wood attached to them. The positions of the rivets showed that the boat was 8.5-9m long and 1.8-2.4m wide.

The body had been laid in the boat wrapped in a cloak, and accompanied by a sword, shield and spear. Domestic articles such as fishing gear, tools including a hammer and tongs, knives and harness links were laid in the stern. A horse and a dog also accompanied the burial.

The site is recorded in the Castle Rushen Papers in a document dated 1627 as both the Hill of the Day Watch and the Hill or Port of the Night Watch for the parish of Andreas.

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Site & Monument Type: ship burial

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: 0344.00