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A fulacht fiadh (Irish pronunciation: [ˈfˠʊl̪ˠəxt̪ˠ ˈfʲiːə]; Irish: fulacht fiadh or fulacht fian; plural: fulachtaí fia or, in older texts, fulachta fiadh) is a type of archaeological site found in Ireland. In England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man they are known as burnt mounds. They commonly survive as a low horseshoe-shaped mound of charcoal-enriched soil and heat shattered stone with a slight depression at its centre showing the position of the pit. No one is certain of their use or purpose. However, most theories and experiments favor their use as outdoor, multipurpose kitchens and washing areas, with probable uses including cooking, brewing, dying of cloth, and bathing in water or possibly steam. This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Fulacht Fiadh", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.