ME00244 - RATHGILLEN - Ringfort - rath

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Situated just SE of the summit of a fairly small but prominent drumlin, it is described as ‘Rathcarn’ – fort of the cairn – on the OS 6-inch maps. This is a circular grass-covered area (diam. 62m NNW-SSE; c. 60m ENE-WSW) defined by an earthen bank W-NNE (Wth of base 5m; int. H 1m; ext. H 1.8m) and ESE-SSW (Wth of base 6m; int. H 0.5m; ext. H 1.4m) that is reduced to a scarp elsewhere. It is circumscribed by a field bank WNW-E. There is no visible fosse but the entrance (Wth of base 2.8m) is at N. There is a lunate annexe attached to the NW, beyond the field bank. This is visible as a level grass-covered area (max. dims c. 65m NE-SW; 24.6m NW-SE) defined by a low scarp (Wth 1m; H 0.35m). 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. Revised by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 26 October 2018

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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