ME00824 - MARTINSTOWN - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on a rise in a level, low-lying landscape. This feature is not depicted on any OS map, but it is known locally as a rath. It is a circular grass-covered area (diam. 35.8m WNW-ESE; 35.3m NNE-SSW) defined by the lip of a bank (at S: H 0.2m) but mostly by a fosse that is clearly visible SE-SW (Wth of top 5.5m; int. D 1m; ext. D 0.5m) and NW-E (Wth of top 4m; ext. D 0.3m) but less visible elsewhere. There are traces of an outer bank (Wth of base 4.5-5m; ext. H 0.3m) SE-SW and at N, and there is a causeway across the fosse at N. It is visible with a wide fosse on OS aerial images (1995) but its surface profile might have been removed by 2000 (OSAP). 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: 26 February 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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53.7015, -7.03171

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