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Belderg Prehistoric Settlement
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 54° 18' 19.9"   W 009° 33' 35.0"

Nearest town

Ballycastle

Grid Ref.

F 98521 40764

Map No.

23

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

28

Date of visit

Friday 11 June 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The stone enclosure and the wooden posts.


We came to visit this wonderful settlement many many years ago, it was May 10th, 2002, and, since then, we never had the chance to come up here again.

This is marked as a prehistoric farm site, a place where a prehistoric community had its base for the farming of the surrounding area.
All that remains is a low stone enclosure. This fine enclosure has a diameter of 7 metres and outlines what should have been a stone hut.
The wooden posts visible today probably mark the position of the posts used at those times to prop the roof of the hut. The ground inside the enclosure had been levelled and probably had some stone slabs to form a convenient floor.
Further southwest, about 150 metres from here, there are other stone enclosures, but they're much smaller and not as clear as this one.


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