The remains consisted of a circular area defined by earthen bank (diam. 59m) with outer fosse and counterscarp. Entrance may be at E. Excavation during 1975 by E. P. Kelly (National Museum of Ireland) determined four periods of occupation on the site. Period I. Neolithic: A number of pits and hearths were found stratified under the banks of the fort. Artifacts of the period on the site included sherds of western neolithic pottery, leaf-shaped arrow-heads, a polished stone axe, and hollow and thumb-nail scrapers. Period II: Represented by the foundations of a large sub-rectangular house measuring 10.5m. x 6.25m. The exact date of this structure was not determined but it definitely pre-dated the ring-fort. Period III: Represented by the ring-fort and dating between 500 A.D. and 1000 A.D. Foundations of a small circular house 5m. in diameter and an area where smelting activity took place were identified. Artifacts of the period included glass beads, fragments of jet bracelets and some iron knives. Period IV: Represented by pits and hearths associated with animal bones and pottery of the 17th and 18th centuries. (Moore 1987, 90, no. 880; www.excavations.ie)
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Compiled by: Paul Walsh
Date of upload: 30 May 2013
Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage