Sunday 28 October 2012

New Enclosure at the Hill of Tara - Photograph

Google Earth finds fort at Hill of Tara | The Sunday Times:

"GOOGLE EARTH, the internet mapping tool, has uncovered a previously unknown prehistoric site at the Hill of Tara, the traditional seat of Ireland’s ancient kings. Aidan O’Sullivan, an archeology lecturer at University College Dublin, noticed an unfamiliar dark, circular feature in a field photographed by Google Earth while preparing a presentation on the Hill of Tara for his first-year students this month. Without leaving his office O’Sullivan was able to verify that the soil mark was a large embanked enclosure, dating back 4,000 years. The enclosure, between 263ft and 328ft in diameter, is 2,000ft southwest of Rath na Riogh, or the Fort of Kings, an Iron Age enclosure at the summit of the Hill of Tara used for enthronements and other ceremonies."....

It annoys me when they don't link to the discovery so I fired up my copy of Google Earth to see if I could spot it.

Yes - there it is, though I couldn't confirm it from the comfort of my desk.

If you haven't spotted it then I have highlighted it below.

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