Navan Fort, in County Armagh, is among Northern Ireland’s so-called royal sites, a group of five ceremonial centres of prehistoric origin, recorded in the middle ages period as one of the capital for the five-fifths that divided Ireland.
Archaeologists suggest that they have actually found proof of a series of spiritual structures and buildings that date back to the Iron Age at Navan Fort, near County Armagh.
A group of scientists from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), the University of Aberdeen and the German Archaeological Institute in Frankfurt discovered evidence of a huge Iron Age temple complex, the ceremonial centre of prehistoric Europe, along with proof for homes of early kings of Ulster from the middle ages period.
The discovery was made next to Navan Fort’s visitor centre, which is associated with Irish folklore figures such as Cúchulainn, Conchobar Mac Nessa and Deirdre of the Sorrows and her warrior fan Naoise.
Lead scientist Dr. Patrick Gleeson, an archaeology lecturer at Queen’s University stated: “Excavation in the 1960 s exposed one of the most amazing series of buildings of any region of ancient Europe, including a series of figure-of-eight buildings of the early Iron Age and a 40 m timber-ringed structure built (around) 95 BC.
” Upon the latter’s building, it was right away filled with stones and scorched to the ground in order to develop a massive mound that now controls the site. Our discoveries add substantial additional data, hinting that the buildings revealed in the 1960 s were not domestic structures resided in by kings, but a series of enormous temples, a few of the biggest and most complicated ritual arena of any area of later ancient and pre-Roman Northern Europe.”
The team used magnetic gradiometry and an electrical resistance study to find possible structures at the site.
Gleeson discussed that both procedures determine “the magnetic properties of the soil” and “the way in which the soil conducts electrical resistance”.
” That permits us to map the buried archaeology for which there is no above ground trace and to be really accurate about the nature and interrelationships of those monuments,” he stated.
Dr John O’Keeffe, a primary inspector of historic monuments in Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities, stated: “The work has shone brand-new light on the monument, and will inform additional research as we explore what Navan Fort indicated to our forefathers and how they utilized the site, for several years to come.
” It supplies extra insights that notify sees to this enigmatic monument and landscape today.”
The research study was released in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology