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The King's Seat (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
This is a large Barrow with Lia Fail standing stone on its summit.
Lia Fail is set in concrete and is therefore able to happily laugh at the wind.
I'm not; so I couldn't.
I didn't manage to stand on top for long before being blown off.
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

The Banqueting Hall (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
Although this is listed as an 'enclosure' it certainly looks like a cursus.
Walking north from the Mound of the Hostages towards the road, I noticed that there is a ditch on the inside of the bank on the left hand side but not on the right. Whether this is deliberate or that the ditch on the left has silted up I don't know?
The banks are about 1.5 metres high and walking along the enclosure/cursus did give a certain 'feeling' – a bit like when walking the avenue at Avebury.
Posted by CARL
10th June 2011ce

Lia Fail (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
'Blow wind blow'……………….and it certainly did!
The wind by now was near gale force. I could hardly stand up.
In fact it was so windy I had to hang on to Lia Fail to stop myself being blown over!
Around the base of Lia Fail are a set of slate tiles fanning out from the stone.
The stone itself is about 1.5 metres high and fairly slender.
Oddly enough next to the stone is a worn headstone dated 1798 (re-erected 1932). This provided a little welcome shelter out of the wind as I tried to admire the scenery.
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce

Rath of Synods — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
Well, I didn't know what to make of this little lot?
Reminded me of some mini First World War grass covered trenches - All over the place.
Left me totally confused. Worth a look when visiting the Hill of Tara but wouldn't be worth making a special visit for.
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce

The Mound of Hostages (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
After looking at the Churchyard Stones this was my next stop.
I literally staggered to the Passage Grave, battling against the near gale force wind.
The views are tremendous (at least they would be if my eyes weren't watering so much in the wind). You can see for miles and miles in all directions.
I quickly cooped down at the entrance to the grave (shelter!) and let my eyes adjust to the darkness. I was soon able to peer through the locked metal grill and easily spot the decorated stone on the left hand side of the passage.
What a great site!
Pity about the rubbish strewn inside the passage. What is wrong with (some) people?
Posted by CARL
9th June 2011ce

Churchyard Stones (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
The first site on my list for the Hill of Tara.
A sunny day but incredibly windy.
I parked in the car park and walked up the path through the well kemp church yard.
The stones are easy to spot just to the right of the church.
One stone is about 1.8 metres tall, the other about 0.5 metres.
The wind was so strong it was impossible to write my notes and in the end I sought shelter behind the small remaining ruined wall of the medieval church.
If it is this windy here, I dread to think how windy it will be when I go the the next site on top of Tara Hill.
Posted by CARL
8th June 2011ce

The Well of The White Cow (Sacred Well) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.5.11
There is a lovely marble bench next to the well with 'Jack's Seat' engraved in it.
Some sort of memorial? If so, it's a good one.
The water did indeed look very clear and a cup was provided to sample if you so wished.
I decided not to.
In the bottom of the well someone had left several sea shells – an offering?
Posted by CARL
8th June 2011ce

Churchyard Stones (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Churchyard Stones</b>Posted by McGlen McGlen Posted by McGlen
16th September 2010ce

Lia Fail (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Lia Fail</b>Posted by McGlen McGlen Posted by McGlen
16th September 2010ce

The Mound of Hostages (Passage Grave) — Images

<b>The Mound of Hostages</b>Posted by McGlen McGlen Posted by McGlen
16th September 2010ce
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