ME00771 - NEWTOWN - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on the W-facing slope of a small hillock. This is a raised and grass-covered D-shaped area (dims 36m NNW-SSE; c. 25m ENE-WSW) with some trees that slopes down to the S (H 1.4m). It is defined by an earthen bank (Wth of base 5.5-6.5m; int. H 0.3m; ext. H 2-2.2m) SE-W-N, with an outer fosse (at NNW: Wth of top 6.5m; Wth of base 1.5m; ext. D 0.2m) SSW-W-NE. There are many gaps in the bank but the most likely entrance (Wth of base 1.3m) with no causeway is at SW. The monument is truncated by an old quarry at NE with a NNW-SSE road outside it. Just NW of the centre is a rectangular house-site (int. dims 6.1m NE-SW; 4m NW-SE) defined by slight earthen banks (Wth 4-5m; H 0.2-0.3m) but no entrance is visible. 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: 9 January 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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