ME01744 - BIGISLAND - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on a rise in a low-lying landscape. It is not depicted on any OS 6-inch map but it is visible on aerial photographs (GSIAP: N 306, 307) from the 1970s. In 1985 (SMR file) this was an oval and domed (H 1.6m), grass-covered area (dims 61m N-S; 45m E-W) defined by a fosse (at S: Wth of top 3m; int. D 0.8m; ext. D 0.3m; at N: Wth of top 5m; int. D 0.9m; ext. D 0.3m). An entrance is not identified, but the interior has some grass-covered quarries. The interior was crossed by a NE-SW field bank just SE of the centre with a drain on the NW side. The visible had been removed by 1995 (OSAP) but the cropmark is visible on some aerial series (OSAP 2017; Digital Globe c. 2013). 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. See the attached view from OSAP (2017) Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 9 August 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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53.5014, -7.02888

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