ME00013 - DRUMGILL - Ringfort - rath

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Situated at the summit of a hill and at the SW edge of a deciduous wood. This is a subcircular area (dims 39m N-S; 35m E-W) that slopes down slightly to the E. It is defined by an earthen bank (Wth of base 6-8m; int. H 0.7-1.3m; ext. H 2.3m at SE to 3.2m at SW) separated by a fosse (Wth of top 6-7.5m; Wth of base 1.2-2m; ext. D 1.7-2.8m) from an outer bank (Wth of base 8-8.5m; ext. H 2.2m at SE to 3.8m at NW). This in turn is separated by a fosse (Wth of top 6.5-7m; Wth of base 1.5-2m; ext. D 0.9-1.2m) from a third outer bank (Wth of base 3-5m; ext. H 1m) and an outer field drain (Wth of base 0.9m; ext. D 0.7m) that is only evident NW-E-SE. There is a berm (max. Wth 4.5m) between the inner fosse and the middle bank SE-SW. The entrance through the inner (Wth of base 2.2m), middle (Wth of base 2.1m) and outer (Wth of base 1.8m) banks is at ESE with causeways (Wth of top 3.5m; H 0.8m) over both fosses. Inside the inner bank at NW is a depression (dims 6m NNE-SSW; c. 1.5m E-W; D c. 0.8m) with a spur (dims 5.5m WNW-ESE; c. 1.5m N-S) off the S end which might be a souterrain although no stone is evident. Rath (ME002-001----) is c. 150m to the NW. The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 31 August 2018 Amended: 14 December 2022

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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