A very special space in #Roscommon, to note for when we can travel again. An impressive earthworks arrangement at Rathra, Castlrea. Thought to be a prehistoric ceremonial enclosure, on the west side of the hill of Mweelughadooey. May also be of interest to the #hillfortswednesday pic.twitter.com/aIJX1cHnB0
— Declan Keenan (@deciek) January 20, 2021
The Rathra monument itself consists of a quadri-vallate earthwork, meaning it has a series of four ditches and earthen banks surrounding a central area. It is one of a very few known quadri-vallate enclosures in Ireland, along with The Rath of the Synods on the Hill of Tara and Tlachtga on the Hill of Ward in Co Meath. These complex sites are thought to have been the burial places of extremely high status individuals or important ritual centres….