ME01414 - CASTLEBOY - Sheela-na-gig

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Situated at the crest of the E-facing slope of Tara Hill and within the graveyard (ME031-033034-), with the church site (ME031-033071-) just to the S. Carved on the E face of an upright standing stone aligned N-S that has a rectangular cross-section (dims 0.58m x 0.26m; max. H 1.88m). The stone is dressed back on both sides as if it was meant to fit in an architectural structure (Andersen 1977, 152). The possible standing stone (ME031-033019-) is c. 2.5m to the ESE. It is described by Freitag (2004, 143) as a figure, ‘carved in high relief on lower half of stone, and because much worn difficult to interpret in detail. Big jug ears; facial features simple indentations. Arms in front of body, joined together in vaguely discernible gesture towards lower abdomen; left leg nearly straight, the other bent inwards.’ See attached screenshots of 3D model of Sheela-na-gig created by Digital Heritage Age. 3D model can be accessed on the Sketchfab website at: 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. Date of revision: 27 January 2015

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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