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Carrownalurgan

Site/Artefact
Carrownalurgan

Type
Ráth

Site Number
SMR Mayo 088 083

National Grid Reference
098150 East
283410 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 31

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Wiremesh topographic image of Carrownalugan Ráth,
vertical exaggeration x 2 (Landscape & Geophysical Services)

Description
Ráths in their simplest form may be described as space most frequently circular, surrounded by a bank and fosse. The purpose of these monuments is clouded by ancient repairs and later agricultural damage but it is clear that they were not designed solely for military reasons but in most cases as a form of protected farmstead (Ó'Ríordáin, 1987). Indeed, they were more likely to have been built to repel the lightning cattle raids which were endemic in the Early Christian period in Ireland (Lucas, 1989).

Carrownalurgan is a classic univallate ráth located on a drumlin with commanding views of the surrounding landscape. Its broad enclosing bank of earth and stone varies from 5m to 7.3m wide at the base. The construction of the bank has created a ditch referred to as a fosse which can be seen in most sectors. Measuring 4m wide and 0.4m deep the extent of the fosse would indicate that the construction of this ráth was a labour-intensive activity, perhaps informing us as to the status of the occupants. The name Carrownalurgan translates from Gaelic as the quarter of the elongated hill or ridge (Morahan, 2001).

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
Clew Bay Heritage Trail

References

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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