A feature found on Early Christian ecclesiastical sites (5th-9th centuries AD). The name ‘leacht’ is derived from the Irish meaning a grave, cairn or sepulchral monument. It usually consists of a low, often rectangular, drystone-faced cairn. The leacht (plural leachta) may have marked a special grave, such as that of the site’s founder saint, and may have served as a focal point for outdoor services. Crosses, cross-slabs or cross-inscribed pillars are sometimes placed on the leachta or are found in association and they are used as penitential stations.
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