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Croagh Patrick Summit

Site/Artefact
Croagh Patrick Summit

Type
Hill Fort

Site Number
SMR Mayo 87 044

National Grid Reference
090560 East
280190 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 30

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Diagram showing hut sites on Croagh Patrick summit
(After Morahan, 2001)


Computer generated model of settlement
on the summit of Croagh Partrick
(Robert Killkelly & Associates)

Description
Traditionally hillforts more than any other monuments were believed to have had their origins in the Iron Age, but increased excavations have shown that the picture is not so clear-cut (O'Kelly, 1989). The name hillfort suggests a defensive function for these enclosures, but many are seen as being sites of ceremonial ritual, serving as a tribal rather than a familial venue. Croagh Patrick with its commanding view of the landscape offered an ideal location for a hillfort, a vantage point perhaps for the powerful to control the area's resources.

Excavation Details
Excavated 1995. 'No wall face of the enclosure is evident today. However, its surviving remains in the form of a low collapsed pile of stones up to 0.5m high and 6m wide can be traced around the edge of the summit. A break in the enclosing wall at the western end may represent an entrance. It is likely that the summit was enclosed by this stone wall in the late Bronze Age or Iron Age. A number of small stone hut circles adjacent to the enclosure may also be of prehistoric date.' (Walsh, 1994)

Access/Ownership
Public

References

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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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