ME01774 - CLONCOWAN - Ringfort - rath

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Situated on a meandering esker ridge which extends off to the N and NW but which has been quarried immediately to the SE and S. This was described in 1969 (SMR file) as a raised oval and grass-covered area (dims 35m NNW-SSE; 24m ENE-WSW) that slopes down steeply to the E and S (H 1.6m) defined by an overgrown fosse (Wth of top 6m; int. D 2.2m; ext. D 1.5m) SE-SSW but the fosse (Wth of top 9m; Wth of base 2.5m; int. D 2.5m; ext. D 1.4m) NW-NNE has been re-used as a roadway. Elsewhere the perimeter is reduced to a overgrown scarp and the fosse to a berm. The original entrance is not recognised. The visible profile had been removed by 1995 (OSAP), and it is now partially on a hard-stand within forestry (OSAP: 2017). Archaeological testing (18E0196) by C. Duffy c. 50m to the NW produced no related material ( 2018:486). 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: 12 August 2019 Amended: 29 April, 2021

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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