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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 1: Commentary: Prehistoric and early Christian sites: Summary

The Aughinish Island excavations show us that ringforts/stoneforts were constructed in the late Bronze Age, and perhaps even earlier, with a continuation to medieval times. The main period of ringfort/stonefort construction, however, was the early Christian period.

Periods of occupation in the Barony as evidenced by the monuments of archaeological interest:

Neolithic/Early Bronze Age
Bronze Age
Cairns/tumuli, standing stones (?), ring
barrows, fulachta fiadha. Also possibly
early ringforts/stoneforts.
Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age
More ringforts/stoneforts. Ring barrows,
fulachta fiadha, crannogs, Mooghaun
Hillfort may have begun now.
Iron Age
Mooghaun Hillfort? Ringforts/stoneforts,
Early Christian period
Ringforts/stoneforts, crannogs.