Crannogs (“small islands built with young trees”) are artificial islands built of layers of wood, peat, stone, heather and soil using the simplest of tools. They are surprisingly long-lasting and were built from the 6th through the 17th centuries as defended farmsteads, craft centers, storehouses for valuables, jails and hideouts for rebels and recluses. Although there are over 1200 known remains in Ireland, few have been properly excavated. This one is found at the entrance to the Bonane Heritage Park in County Kerry.
Copyright 2012 Mary Jane E Clark
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