ME00633 - RATHMEA - Enclosure

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Situated on a fairly low N-S ridge in a gently undulating landscape with higher point all around. It is represented as a circular embanked enclosure (diam. c. 45-50m) on the 1836 edition of the OS 6-inch map and as a D-shaped feature on the 1908 edition. This is a raised trapezoidal and grass-covered area (dims 18m E-W at S; 31m E-W at N; 30m N-S) defined by scarps with some bushes on the W, N (Wth 6m; H 1.9m) and E sides and by a wide, low and grass-covered bank (Wth of base 4.5m; int. H 0.7m; ext. H 1.8m) separated by an outer fosse (Wth of top 6.5m; Wth of base 2.5m; ext. D 1.5m) from an outer grass-covered bank (Wth of base 5m; est. H 1m) at S. This is a rath that has been truncated and the original defences only survive at S. An original entrance is not identified. Rath (ME014-007----) is c. 90m to the SE. Archaeological testing (06E0365) by C. Duffy c. 30m to the NE at the closest point produced no related material but the monument is provided with a buffer zone (Wth 2m) ( 2006:1627; 2007:1379). 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: 21 November 2018 Amended: 18 February 2021

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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