ME01689 - KILTALE - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on a hillock known as ‘Madden’s Hill’ which is part of an E-W esker. No feature is depicted on any OS map but in 1966 human remains and a furnace bottom came to light in a quarry, and excavation identified a souterrain (ME037-025001-) and the ditch of an oval rath (dims c. 40m E-W; c. 30m N-S) that only survived in broken sections at ENE and ESE, the rest of the enclosure having been quarried away. The enclosure was defined by a V-shaped fosse (Wth of top 2.5m; D 1.7m) that had plentiful animal bones at the bottom, and had been back-filled in two phases. The souterrain extended from the interior into the silted fosse at E. (Rynne 1974, 267-8) 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 August 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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