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Artificial Mound

Coolock (Artificial Mound) by ryaner Late cold spring evening, Coolock tumulus across the Malahide road in the chocolate factory
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Posted by ryaner
1st April 2013ce
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Comments (6)

Tumulus in the grounds of a chocolate factory! I wonder if the staff roll their Easter eggs down it at this time of year? :-) thelonious Posted by thelonious
1st April 2013ce
Nice one thelonius! I wonder if they even know what it is. ryaner Posted by ryaner
1st April 2013ce
Did you get to see the article Ryaner? It suggests that the mound was long thought to be a medieval motte (although it's rather small) and that 'Moatfield' is named after it. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st April 2013ce
I did read it Rhiannon. I think back in the day that motte and moat were often used for any old type of mound. It doesn't resemble any Norman motte that I've ever seen. I haven't got up close to it yet as you need to get permission from the head of security. It does seem very clipped, the slope of the mound ending very abruptly rather than merging into the surrounding turf, pointing to something more modern. It's ovoid shape is classic pre-historic, a mound covering a bronze age cist as the author says, but I'm very unsure. It's one of those 'probable/possibles' that we won't know without excavation. ryaner Posted by ryaner
1st April 2013ce
Perhaps the security lot don't want the fairies disturbed eh :) Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st April 2013ce
Ha ha, maybe. I think fairies are an endangered species in Coolock. :-) ryaner Posted by ryaner
2nd April 2013ce
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