ME00898 - BALSAW - Ringfort - rath

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Located towards the bottom of a W-facing slope. A faint circular feature (diam. 35m) is depicted on the 1836 edition of the OS 6-inch map where it is annotated as a ‘Fort’, and a small hachured feature is represented on the 1908 edition. It was described in 1968 (SMR file) as a circular enclosure (diam. 36m E-W; 33m N-S) defined by a broad, low bank (Wth of base 7-9.5m; int. H 0.2-0.5m; ext. H 0.5-0.7m) and an outer fosse (Wth of top 6.5-9m; ext. D 0.2-0.3m). The likely entrance (Wth of base 3.3m) is at WSW and the perimeter was skirted by a field bank S-SW. The visible profile has eroded since then but its fosse is visible on OSI images (1995). See the attached view from OSI (1995) 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 upload: 10 July 2007 Revision: 24 March 2023

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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