ME00412 - BALLINVALLY - Ringfort - rath

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Located at the crest of a NW-facing slope in the N foothills of Slieve na Calliagh ridge. This is a circular grass-covered area (diam. 42m ENE-SW; 38.5m NNW-SSE) defined by a slight earth and stone bank (Wth of base 3.5-5m; int. H 0.3-0.4m; ext. H 0.5m at W to 1.3m at E), with traces of an external fosse (Wth of top 5.5m; ext. D 0.15m) NNE-S. There is an entrance (Wth of base 2.3m) and causeway (Wth of base 6.7m) at SSE and the perimeter is truncated slightly by a NE-SW field wall (L c. 25m) at NW. There is a small subrectangular annexe (dims c. 16m E-W; c. 16m N-S) defined by a curving earthen bank (at W: Wth of base 5m; int. H 0.3m; ext. H 0.5m) and outer fosse (at W: Wth of top 5.5m; ext. D 0.2m) W of the rath but its N extent is also truncated by the NE-SW field wall. 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: 1 November 2018 Amended: 15 December 2022

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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53.7517, -7.1248

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