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Keeill sites 2017-03-19T10:00:07+00:00

Locations of the Keeills

on the Isle of Man

Keeill sites

Keeills served a variety of purposes – family chapels, wayside shrines, places of retreat and hermitage. There have perhaps been as many as 250, but remains, or known sites, survive for less than half this number.

The keeills were small buildings of earth and stone, very rarely bigger than 3 metres by 5 metres internally, and now survive to a height of less than a metre.

None of the remains can be shown to be older than the eighth century, but the sites and burials can date back to the sixth century, or earlier.