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A previously unknown type of ceramic vessel was recovered from a site on the route of the N8 Mitchelstown Relief Road. Bruce Sutton excavated the site for Eachtra Archaeological Projects as part of a programme of testing and excavation undertaken on behalf of Cork County Council and the National Roads Authority. Three pottery vessels, including one decorated with eyes, nose, ears and feet and another with two ears, and a spoon were recovered from a small pit at the site in the townland of Mitchelstown in County Cork (NGR 180182, 113286; height 90 m OD; excavation licence no. 04E1071; ministerial direction no. A012/003). The decorated vessels do not have any known parallel in Ireland or Britain. The landscape surrounding the site is dominated by the Galtee Mountains to the north, the Ballyhoura Mountains to the west and the Kilworth Mountains to the south, and the area is drained by the River Funshion and its tributaries, including the Gradoge River.The site is on the northern bank of the Gradoge (Illus. 1), the course of which has been altered in the recent and historic past. It is c. 1.5 km to the west of Mitchelstown, within the historic Mitchelstown Demesne, where some 1,240 acres of parkland were created in the 18th century. The land in the vicinity of the site is now for the most part under pasture.