It’s a Fulacht Fia!

By May 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Collierstown Fulacht Fia

As promised, news of our follow up on the recent ploughing disturbance in the field adjacent to the ancient Collierstown Graveyard. And VERY exciting news it is!

Today we met with well known archaeologist Geraldine Stout at the site and she knew immediately what we were looking at. Luckily the rain over the last few days made it so much easier to see the blackened soil – thank you rain!

This Fulacht Fia will now be recorded in the Record of Monuments and Places, protecting it by law. After all the losses in the Valley, to finally have such a win is a beautiful thing. This Fulacht Fia now adds to our knowledge of the story of Tara. How exciting!

 

Clue number 1. Blackened charcoal soil - lots of it. Before Geraldine Stout even got to the central raised part of the monument she was pointing out the blackened soil and heat shattered stone. She already knew...and excitement started growing

Clue number 1. Blackened charcoal soil – lots of it. Before Geraldine Stout even got to the central raised part of the monument she was pointing out the blackened soil and heat shattered stone. She already knew…and excitement started growing

 

Clue number 2. Red burnt soil

Clue number 2. Red burnt soil

 

Clue number 3. Low water table, boggy land next to a river. The River Gabhra runs just behind the hedge.

Clue number 3. Low water table, boggy land next to a river. The River Gabhra runs just behind the hedge.

 

Geraldine Stout recording observations. Author of the excellent book, Newgrange, and well known for her archaeological work on Bective Abbey and other sites.

Geraldine Stout recording observations.
Author of the excellent book, Newgrange, and well known for her archaeological work on Bective Abbey and other sites.

 

Measuring dimensions

Measuring dimensions

 

Measuring more dimensions

Measuring more dimensions

 

Kyrie Murray assisting

Kyrie Murray assisting

 

Declared a Fulacht Fia. Job well done!

Declared a Fulacht Fia. Job well done!

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