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Ireland 7. Caherconnell and Poulawack Cairn, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

Caherconnell - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

 .... Another mile or so up the road brings you to the splendid stone ring fort of Caherconnell which has visitor centre and craft and coffee shops. It is typical of 'Cashel' in the Burren. These 'Celtic' stone ring forts were typically occupied between 400 and 1200 AD. Caherconnell has a diameter of 140-150 ft (~42m) with walls 12 feet thick and 6-14 feet high. Recent excavations in 2007 have found animal bones, iron fragments of unknown artefacts, an arrow head and pin mould. There is evidence that the entrance was rebuilt in the 14th-15th century suggesting occupation of these sites extended to later dates than hitherto thought.

 

Caherconnell ring fort in The Burren, County Clare, Ireland, is worth a visit. It is one of the best preserved stone ring structures in the area and there are historical-archaeological displays and a good cafe too.

Caherconnell stone ring fort in The Burren, Co. Clare, West of Ireland: Caherconnell stone ring fort in The Burren, Co. Clare, West of Ireland, is worth a tourist visit and has a good cafe. It is one of the best preserved stone ring structures in the area and there are historical-archaeological displays. Just down the road is another stone built structure, the prehistoric Poulawack burial cairn.

 

 

The prehistoric Poulawack Cairn or Cain Pholl an Bhaic !

Poulawack Cairn is a large multiple cist (burial) cairn set up on the limestone pavement of the Burren and a haven of wild flowers. It probably dates from the early bronze age and this archaeological site might be over 3000 years old. The cairn, covering several cist graves, stands on a hill top on the limestone outcrops of the Burren.

 

Wild flowers on the limestone pavement - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland Ferns and orchids on the limestone pavement - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

 

 

Poulawack Cairn is a late Neolithic-early Bronze Age cairn dating from 3400 BC, four burials of this date and nine others from a thousand years later ~ 2400 BC. The multiple cist (stone line grave) cairn is 70 feet in diameter and 8 feet high.

It is 70 feet in diameter and on excavation an inner dry stone walled area was found to contain several stone lined or cavity burials (cists). Some had been created and artefacts found included a scraper, a boar's tusk, a shell and bronze age pottery.

 

zig-zag dry stone walling of small limestone slabs - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland mini-portal dolmen tombs by 20th-21st century admirers of the local archaeology! - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Near Poulawack cairn some fine zig-zag dry stone walling of small limestone slabs and some mini-portal dolmen tombs by 20th-21st century admirers of the local archaeology!

 

 

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