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.
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.