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megalithic tombs

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — European History.

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A general term applied to chambered tombs in which massive blocks of stone (see megalith) were used to create the walls and roof of passages and chambers. The term is often...

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ringfort

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — European History.

[MC]

A small circular enclosure or fort, also known as a rath. Typically between 30 m and 50 m in diameter, they are bounded by one or more concentric earthworks comprising a bank...

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round tower

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — European History.

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Tall narrow circular stone towers with conical roofs built within Irish monasteries, probably as places of refuge, from the 9th century ad onwards. A small number of examples...

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