Saints and Stones: Navan Fort (Emain Macha)

Navan Fort (Emain Macha) is a large earthwork of circular plan surrounding the summit of a drumlin. The site, a pagan sanctuary, is approximately 785 feet in internal diameter. Where best preserved on the west, the ditch is over 13 feet deep and the external embankment almost 50 feet wide and 13 feet high. The impressive earthwork encloses two monuments on the hilltop, a ring barrow, an Iron Age burial site, and a large mound.

Excavations in the 1960s revealed that the mound was a composite structure built in 95 B.C. at the end of a long sequence of earlier activity. Recent excavations demonstrated that the main enclosure was also built in the 90s B.C..

Other significant prehistoric sites in the vicinity include Haughey's Fort, an earlier Bronze Age hill fort two-thirds of a mile to the west, and the King's Stables, an artificial pool also dating to the Bronze Age.

About Navan Fort (Emain Macha)

Irish Antiquities: Navan Fort
Modern Antiquarian: Emain Macha
Megalithic Portal: Navan Fort
Wikipedia: Navan Fort

Journey to Navan Fort (Emain Macha)

Navan Fort is located west of the city of Armagh off the A28 in County Armagh, No. Ireland.

Map Reference: H847452

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Navan Fort may be found at the website. General tourist information may be found at the Discover Northern Ireland: County Armagh website.

Additional Photos of Navan Fort (Emain Macha)

Road Sign for Navan Fort
Descriptive Sign at Navan Fort
Approaching Navan Fort
Navan Fort
Wide Ditch and Bank Surrounding Navan Fort
Navan Fort
Navan Fort
Gate to Navan Centre at Navan Fort

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