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Motes and Mounds at Royal Sites in Ireland

Michael Herity
The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Vol. 123 (1993), pp. 127-151
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25509048
Page Count: 25
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Motes and Mounds at Royal Sites in Ireland
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Abstract

The recurring features of some major Royal Sites are identified as a complex normally including late prehistoric burials in the form of ring-barrows, small cairns or mounds, standing stones, large embanked enclosures and linear earthworks or 'avenues'. These often occur on sites whose antiquity dates back to the Neolithic. Rare high motes or mounds at a number of these sites, some prominent examples of which have an associated circular enclosure as at Tara, Carnfree and Tailtiu, are identified as royal seats dating in many cases to the pre-Christian Iron Age and probably in all cases to the pre-Norman.

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