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A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan
 

Part 2: Chapter 15: Kilnasoolagh Parish: Latoon North Townland

Site A: STONEFORT
   
6” O.S. Sheet number : 42 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 36.6 cm South; 30.9 cm West
Height : c. 25’ O.D.
Shape : map suggests of a slightly oval nature with north-south axis greater than east-west one

Description of site:
This marks the site of a stonefort which is in a very poor condition. This is due to the nature of the vegetation cover – quite heavy and almost entirely of a permanent kind. This made a full examination of the site very difficult. This cover is especially heavy in the northern area particularly around the surviving traces of the single stone wall. In the eastern area, where the cover was lighter, cattle, sheep and horses shelter and they have been responsible for heavily churning the ground.

As stated above this is a single (stone) walled site. The actual wall, though in a poor condition, can be traced over most of the site. In a crumbled state its width now varies between 5 – 6 metres. As regards height, the maximum is almost ¾ metre in the northern area but the average over the remainder of the site, where it can be seen, centres on one third of a metre.

Due to the nature of the vegetation cover I could find no evidence of an entrance or any other feature.

A combination of field observation and map work suggests that this site has a north-south diameter of 25 metres and an east-west one of 20 metres plus.

Latoon North A: From the south, showing vegetation covering
Latoon North A: From the south, showing vegetation covering

 

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