Gortlownan : Artificial Mound

CountySligo
Grid RefG 780 303
Longitude8° 20' 14.33" W
Latitude54° 13' 15.78" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDromahair (2.5 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Gortlownan Artificial Mound ::

What is it?

Photo Taken: Sunday, 9th May 2004


             
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Sunday, 9th May 2004

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Miscellanea

I have been informed that the monuments register does have this down as a motte (thanks). Although it may later have been used for one I feel that the position of this mound doesn't quite fit in with the motte scenario: basically I can't see any reason why it should have been built there!

I suggest that a fort was needed somewhere in this area very quickly, so an older burial mound was used to give the builders a head start. This would not be all that unusual, as several excavated mottes have been found to have burials beneath them.

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