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Lough Gur - The Spectacles Prehistoric Settlement
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 31' 26.46"   W 008° 31' 17.46"

Nearest town

Bruff

Grid Ref.

R 64610 41534

Map No.

65

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

98

Date of visit

Friday 19 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The first ancient stone fence and the south hut in the distance.


This is the first thing along the trail starting from the Lough Gur Visitor Centre.
The name "The Spectacles" comes from a circular hut site standing adjacent to a natural circular rocky outcrop.
The site was occupied by a farming community in the period from about 400 to 1200.
There are the traces of three round houses and a rectangular structure which was probably a shed for cattle. The houses were made of stones in the lower part and of timber and mud in the upper part, with a roof supported by timber poles. The presence of postholes outside the plan of the house might suggest that the entrance had a porch-like structure.
The houses had one or two hearths.
Unfortunately the site is spread over a very large area and very little can be seen from the ground level. No elevated point of view is available, so much imagination is needed here.


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