ME01168 - MOATHILL - Castle - motte and bailey

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Situated on top of a fairly high ridge. This is an overgrown, flat-topped and scrub-covered earthen mound (diam. of top 15m N-S; diam. of base 37m N-S; H 4.5m at N to 6.8m at S) defined by the remains of a fosse (at N: Wth of top c. 10m; ext. D 1.5m). There is a small lunate bailey (dims 7m N-S; c. 20m E-W) defined by a steep scarp (at N: ext. H 4m) at NW. The area to the S has been quarried since the 19th century and this has extended around to the E, but the old quarry is now developed for housing. Archaeological testing (97E0101) c. 70m to the NW recovered the remains of two inhumations, a male (aged 18-23) and a female (aged 31-45) in a disturbed condition at the summit of the ridge (Breen 1998). 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: 21 July 2016

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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