ME01651 - MONKTOWN (Moyfenrath By.) - Enclosure

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Situated on a slight rise on the N bank of the River Boyne at a point where it changes from a local S-N course to a W-E one. It was described in 1985 (SMR file) as a D-shaped grass-covered area (dims 87m NNE-SSW; c. 40m WNW-ESE) defined by a ditch or fosse (at SSW: Wth of top 7m; int. D 1.2m; ext. D 1.25m) SSW-W-NNE, but the E part of the interior was covered in spoil. There was an inner fosse SSW-NW, and an outer bank (Wth c. 3m) SSW-SW and W-NNW. There was an entrance causeway (Wth 3m) at N and a sunken path (Wth of base c. 2m; D c. 0.6-0.8m) led from the causeway to the centre. Its visible profile was removed by 2000 (OSAP) but it became visible as a circular area (int. diam. c. 65m N-S) defined by an inner fosse feature S-NW and an outer fosse (ext. diam. c. 90m) S-W-NE on Google Earth (207/05/2017; 9/06/2018; 14/07/2018), with a narrow entrance gap in the outer fosse at N. 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: 5 July 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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MONKTOWN (Moyfenrath By.), Meath
53.5196, -6.87008

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