A substantial linear plank-built trackway that connects the eastern dryland to the dryland island within the bog. The trackway runs for 422m, is aligned east - west and visible at 25 locations, 14 of which lie on the field surface. All but one location lie within 0.6m of the field surface. The trackway was first identified in 2005 at 19 locations and traced for 250m. It is now known to extend for 422m. A 2005 dendrochronological date placed the monument at 1569BC+/-9 yrs (Whitaker 2005). The trackway was subject to partial excavation in 2007 (Rohan 2008; 2009) where three excavation cuttings were opened (one at each end and one in the middle). Just less than 30m was excavated but the trackway was shown to be a single plank walkway large enough to carry pedestrians. Oak planks (0.12–4m wide and 0.08–0.30m in diameter) were laid end-to-end and supported by smaller transverse elements typically positioned at the ends of the planks. Pegs and stakes were used to secure the trackway on the bog surface. The 2013 survey supports these 2007 findings and also showed that the trackway may have been subject to repair and/or extension in part (see ME046-071----). (Bermingham 2014)
Compiled by: David O’Connor
Date of upload: 21 November 2014
Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.