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By Susan A. Johnston

The web site of Dún Ailinne is one in every of 4 significant ritual websites from the Irish Iron Age, every one stated to shape the heart of a political state and hence defined as "royal." Excavation has produced artifacts starting from the Neolithic (about 5,000 years in the past) in the course of the later Iron Age (fourth century CE), while the location was once the point of interest of repeated rituals, most likely concerning the production and upkeep of political hegemony. a chain of bushes constructions have been outfitted and changed as every one staff of leaders sought to say old descent from a deep prior and nonetheless create whatever precise and lasting.

Pam J. Crabtree and Ronald Hicks supply analyses on, respectively, organic is still and Dún Ailinne's function in folklore, fantasy, and the sacred panorama, whereas Katherine Moreau examines bronze and iron artifacts and Elizabeth Hamilton, slag.

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But their relationship to 512 cannot be established, and two of the post-holes are set into the fill of the Rose phase palisade trench 514. The reason for suggesting that this little complex might be contemporaneous with 512 is its position central to the 512 circular structure. We shall discuss this further below. Rose Phase After the White phase structure 512 was dismantled, a far larger and far more ambitious complex structure was erected: two conjoined circles of timber palisades, the larger having an elaborate entranceway to the east-northeast (cd Figure 2-10).

The base of the pear, the northeast side, is completely missing, cut away by Mauve feature 42. 5 m. The cross section of 281 is a shallow splayed U-shape, which does not resemble the later Iron Age palisade trenches. There are no traces of post-holes in its fill. The fill of this ditch is unsorted, very hard, and compacted. There is little trace of any silt line at the bottom and no traces of upcast from the original digging of 281 in the vicinity. Taken together, these factors suggest that 281 was filled, probably not long after it was dug, largely with the material that had been excavated from it.

On the east side of the site, running from the original entrance toward the summit, is a linear hollow about 70 m long. Whether this was an ancient feature or the result of recent farm vehicles wearing a track over time could not be determined prior to excavation. It was tentatively designated as an avenue or roadway of prehistoric date. Aerial Photographs Aerial photographs showed surface features, of course, such as the arc-shaped embankment, but no signs of possible subsurface features (Plate 11).

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