Friday, April 10, 2009

Kerry - Iveragh, Ring of Kerry, PREHISTORY - stone forts

Prehistoric Ireland 




This stone fort is built with no mortar at all, and still stands.  The area also has standing stones, and burial mounds. 

Soon the forms become familiar.  See prehistoric structures at http://www.irishmegaliths.org.uk/seanchlocha7.htm/ There are fine photos and history here.

This fort is round,with a large circle of high walls and walkways, and rooms within the walls, space for villages and livestock to find refuge from invaders, coming up from the sea in the distance. See Ireland's archeology at http://www.mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/micsun/irishresources/archaeol.htm.

A chronology is useful, but perhaps better absorbed after the fact.  Drive and find stone forts, burial places, take a picture, and look it up later.  A good outline for the oldest ages is at http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/ireland/past/pre_norman_history/index.htm

history of Ireland, with maps: http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Eirlkik/ihm/index.htm.


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