Posted by gt on July 03, 2003 at 04:34:06:
In Reply to: Re: Castlebar's ring forts posted by Johnny Mee on July 02, 2003 at 23:20:18:
My understanding is the forts date from around the 2BC onwards and would have been used as encampments within which cattle and humans sought protection and shelter.
Some forts have still got trees growing on the ring of clay forming their outer boundary and this was proabably the typical 'look' when they were in use. Closer inspection will reveal a break in the ring to allow entrance and exit.
There used be another ring fort with the tree's and all down rathbawn road just after the left turn that takes you towrds Snugboro area. it is plainly visible from Tilbury Fort that I hope is still there on Baines Hill.
I believe there is an Ireland wide atlas of these created by an archaeology department of the government somewhere.