ME00711 - GALLEASTOWN - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on a shelf towards the bottom of the NE-facing slope of a hill. This is a circular grass-covered area (diam. 30m N-S; 28m E-W) defined by a slight earthen bank (at WSW: Wth of base 4m; int. H 0.2m; ext. H 1.6m) that is largely reduced to a scarp (at ENE: Wth 2.5m; H 1.6m) and hedge. It is separated by a fosse (Wth of top 4.7-6m; Wth of base 1-1.4m; ext. D 0.6m) from an outer bank (Wth of base 3m; ext. H 0.3-0.4m). The entrance through the inner bank (Wth of base 1.7) and causeway (Wth of top 2.4m; H 0.4m) is at S. There is a rectangular house site at the centre visible as a rectangular, grass-covered sunken area (int. dims c. 7m E-W; 2m N-S; D 0.4-0.8m) defined by earthen banks (Wth of base 3-4.5m; ext. H 0.2-0.6m) with possible entrances in the short E and W walls. Attached to the rath at NE is a small D-shaped annexe visible as a raised grass-covered area (dims 14.5m NE-SW; c. 11m NW-SE) defined by a scarp (at NE: Wth 2.3m; H 0.9m). 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: 8 January 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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