ME00634 - BALTRASNA - Ringfort - rath

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Located on a low ridge in a gently undulating landscape. This is a subcircular area (dims 59.5m WNW-ESE; 57.5m N-S) defined by an earth and stone bank (Wth of base 4.5-6m; int. H 0.3-0.4m; ext. H 1.2-1.6m) separated by a fosse (Wth of top 5.5-6.5m; Wth of base 1-2m; ext. D 0.4-0.5m) from an outer bank (Wth of base 3-4m; ext. H 0.2-0.5m), both of which survive NW-NE and E-S. The defences have been quarried SE-S and an original entrance is not identified. Just N of the centre is a possible house site visible as a raised rectangular mound (dims of top 5.8m E-W; 4m N-S; H 0.3-0.6m). A second possible house site is visible as a raised rectangular mound (dims of top 6.6m x 4.4m H 0.6m) on the site of the bank at NNE. Inside the bank at ENE is a circular structure that might be a hut-site (diam. 4.2m) defined by a slight wall (Wth 0.7m; H 0.4m) with an opening (Wth 2.2m) at NNW. Just outside the rath at SW is enclosure (ME014-010003-). 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

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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53.7435, -7.2058

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