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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
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)
- Hughes, H. 1991, Croagh Patrick, An Ancient Mountain Pilgrimage, Westport.
- Morahan, L. 2001, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, archaeology, landscape and people, Westport
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Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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