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Gob ny Garvain Promontory Fort

Period: Iron Age - Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 248830

NGR Northing: 489850

Description: Defended promontory. The fort is located on a headland jutting south-eastward into the sea. It is lozenge-shaped, its longest axis running SW-NE measuring roughly 50m across. Natural defences are provided by precipitous gullies on the west and north sides thus providing a natural all round sheer rock face on all but a 20m strip to the north-west. Here an inner bank 4m wide at the base with a maximum interior height of 1m has been constructed; it has no apparent entrance. The bank is paralleled to the north by a ditch, beyond which lie an outer bank and ditch. The eastern half of both have been mutilated by a field boundary and cultivation.

There is no visible trace of any internal structures. The site is most likely of Iron Age origin, but may have been re-used during the medieval period.

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Site & Monument Type: promontory fort

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: 0559.00


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