The chevron fragment was discovered among later material in the stone store at Inch Abbey. The original find circumstances are unknown.
Inis Cumhscraigh, a pre-Norman monastery, slightly north of a Cistercian foundation (Hamlin 1977, 85), appears to have functioned into the 12thc. The Cistercian abbey was founded in the 1180s by John de Courcey as a daughter house of Furness in Cumbria.
The fragment is now stored at the DOENI (Department of the Environment Northern Ireland) stone store at Castlewellan.
The fragment, which could be from a door jamb, is carved on two faces, separated by an angle roll (0.05 m diam.) between two narrow plain mouldings. One face of the fragment has a single row of lateral centripetal chevron flanked by slightly squared pellets. The other face is not so distinct owing to damage or weathering. It has what appear to be two rows of chevron, placed close together between hollows. The underside of the fragment is rough dressed, but there are no visible tool marks. The upper surface is damaged.
DOENI, Historic Monuments of Northern Ireland, Belfast, 1987, 103.
A. Gwynn and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses: Ireland, Dublin, 1970, 37, 122.
A. Hamlin, ‘A Recently Discovered Enclosure at Inch Abbey, Co. Down’, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 40 (1977), 85–88.
HMSO Archaeological Survey of County Down, Belfast, 1966, 279–81.
J. P. Mallory and T. E. McNeill, The Archaeology of Ulster, Belfast, 1991, 244.