Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

A ringfort with earlier ringditch at Loughbown 2, Co. Galway (E2054)

June, 2009 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 27 of 34 in the Issue 02

Archaeological Excavation Report

Ringfort with Earlier Ringditch

This report presents the results of an eight-week excavation of a disturbed ringfort (GA087-177) or enclosure in the townland of Loughbown, Ballinasloe, County Galway. The site had an internal bank, partly protected on its southern side by an extant field boundary and an external V-shaped ditch enclosing the site. The site was largely levelled before excavation except where incorporated into an early modern field dyke. The interior, once topsoil was stripped away, comprised mostly rock with subsoil in some areas.
The excavation was undertaken by Eachtra Archaeological Projects for Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority and forms part of wider archaeological excavation programme undertaken by Eachtra along approximately 15 km of the proposed N6 dual carriageway. The site was protected as a Recorded Monument under the National Monument (Amendment) Act, 1994.

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