Situated on the S bank of the W-E Clonard River, with a NW-SE canalised section of the steam c. 10m to the E. This is an oval, grass-covered area (dims c. 70m NE-SW, c. 50m NW-SE) defined by the remains of an earthen bank with an external fosse and outer bank NNW-NNE, and slighter features elsewhere. Partial excavation (E000154) by P. D. Sweetman (1978, 15) revealed a wooden palisade at the E end of the outer bank at NE, which could be dated to the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. The motte (ME047-004----) is across the river, c. 70m to the NE, and the burial ground (ME047-017----) is c. 40m to the S.
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 July 2016
Amended: 13 August 2019Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.