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Excavation Of Waterford Ringfort

21/07/2016 19:13
Knockhouse Heritage Trust have been in touch with the website and have provided the following information about an exciting excavation currently taking place.
 
Excavation of a tri vallete ringfort is currently undergoing at Knockhouse, Waterford City.  It’s the first in Ireland to be fully done and because of the downgrade of Tinnascart in West Waterford is the only trivallate ringfort in Waterford and may be the seat of a founding tribe of Waterford.   Tara in Meath is a tri vallate and also the seat of a king.  There has been pottery found in phase one that relates to Meath and the North East which implies the occupants were in some way transient and two tribes come to Waterford from Meath the O’Bric (fir buligean)and the Deise (The heremon).  The setting is Neolithic/Bronze Age 5,000 years of history.  The tri vallate ring fort once was part of a complex of ringforts in the vicinity and one of two that have been excavated on the West Pharma site. 
 
The fort has nationally important features most notably its 3 ringed ditches that are only used for royal sites and is set at the top of this area to dominate the region.  There were 3 corn drying kilns outside the fort and another suspected one inside.  Also there are 3 suterrains inside the tri vallate  which are manmade underground passages for storage and refuge.  Please note there is no other ringfort in Ireland (to my knowledge) with this amount of suterrains within a fort and suterrains alone in the South East  are virtually unheard of.   This in theory leads me to believe that the chief of this region was taxing the locals because of the amount of storage.  The presence of 5 fualachta fias (which is unheard of in the region in such close proximity to each other) and various cooking pots along with other features implies cooking on an industrial scale.  This may refer to feasting and because we believe there was an ancient trade route in the area, maybe this was a stop off point for traders or a meeting place for nobility and there is also ritual features on the site.
 
The site so far for its size has yielded a large number of sue terrains, fulachta fia’s, burt mounds, early bronze age huts, enclosures, cremations, pottery, flint arrow, several corn drying kilns, pits, prehistoric field systems, holy well, an un-recorded battle (maybe Elizabethan /Tudor) and may be related to the Titus Oats Plot which was a meeting of priests and bishops that were arrested at Knockhouse in the penal times in a plot to overthrow the king.   This is only the tip of the iceberg and it is believed that the prehistoric burial mound and other features which have yet to be excavated  are areas of special importance.  From the earliest finds Neolithic hearths, ant houses, (4,000 to 2,000 BC) to American Civil War minie  bullets (1861-1865) this field has seen some action, so this rinfort is the jewel in our history and along with the unique habitat (kestrals and otter etc.,) will be gone forever without some forward thinking.Excavation of a tri vallete ringfort is currently undergoing at Knockhouse, Waterford City.  It’s the first in Ireland to be fully done and because of the downgrade of Tinnascart in West Waterford is the only trivallate ringfort in Waterford and may be the seat of a founding tribe of Waterford.   Tara in Meath is a tri vallate and also the seat of a king.  There has been pottery found in phase one that relates to Meath and the North East which implies the occupants were in some way transient and two tribes come to Waterford from Meath the O’Bric (fir buligean)and the Deise (The heremon).  The setting is Neolithic/Bronze Age 5,000 years of history.  The tri vallate ring fort once was part of a complex of ringforts in the vicinity and one of two that have been excavated on the West Pharma site. 
 
The fort has nationally important features most notably its 3 ringed ditches that are only used for royal sites and is set at the top of this area to dominate the region.  There were 3 corn drying kilns outside the fort and another suspected one inside.  Also there are 3 suterrains inside the tri vallate  which are manmade underground passages for storage and refuge.  Please note there is no other ringfort in Ireland (to my knowledge) with this amount of suterrains within a fort and suterrains alone in the South East  are virtually unheard of.   This in theory leads me to believe that the chief of this region was taxing the locals because of the amount of storage.  The presence of 5 fualachta fias (which is unheard of in the region in such close proximity to each other) and various cooking pots along with other features implies cooking on an industrial scale.  This may refer to feasting and because we believe there was an ancient trade route in the area, maybe this was a stop off point for traders or a meeting place for nobility and there is also ritual features on the site.
 
The site so far for its size has yielded a large number of sue terrains, fulachta fia’s, burt mounds, early bronze age huts, enclosures, cremations, pottery, flint arrow, several corn drying kilns, pits, prehistoric field systems, holy well, an un-recorded battle (maybe Elizabethan /Tudor) and may be related to the Titus Oats Plot which was a meeting of priests and bishops that were arrested at Knockhouse in the penal times in a plot to overthrow the king.   This is only the tip of the iceberg and it is believed that the prehistoric burial mound and other features which have yet to be excavated  are areas of special importance.  From the earliest finds Neolithic hearths, ant houses, (4,000 to 2,000 BC) to American Civil War minie  bullets (1861-1865) this field has seen some action, so this rinfort is the jewel in our history and along with the unique habitat (kestrals and otter etc.,) will be gone forever without some forward thinking.Excavation of a tri vallete ringfort is currently undergoing at Knockhouse, Waterford City.  It’s the first in Ireland to be fully done and because of the downgrade of Tinnascart in West Waterford is the only trivallate ringfort in Waterford and may be the seat of a founding tribe of Waterford.   Tara in Meath is a tri vallate and also the seat of a king.  There has been pottery found in phase one that relates to Meath and the North East which implies the occupants were in some way transient and two tribes come to Waterford from Meath the O’Bric (fir buligean)and the Deise (The heremon).  The setting is Neolithic/Bronze Age 5,000 years of history.  The tri vallate ring fort once was part of a complex of ringforts in the vicinity and one of two that have been excavated on the West Pharma site. 
 
The fort has nationally important features most notably its 3 ringed ditches that are only used for royal sites and is set at the top of this area to dominate the region.  There were 3 corn drying kilns outside the fort and another suspected one inside.  Also there are 3 suterrains inside the tri vallate  which are manmade underground passages for storage and refuge.  Please note there is no other ringfort in Ireland (to my knowledge) with this amount of suterrains within a fort and suterrains alone in the South East  are virtually unheard of.   This in theory leads me to believe that the chief of this region was taxing the locals because of the amount of storage.  The presence of 5 fualachta fias (which is unheard of in the region in such close proximity to each other) and various cooking pots along with other features implies cooking on an industrial scale.  This may refer to feasting and because we believe there was an ancient trade route in the area, maybe this was a stop off point for traders or a meeting place for nobility and there is also ritual features on the site.
 
The site so far for its size has yielded a large number of sue terrains, fulachta fia’s, burt mounds, early bronze age huts, enclosures, cremations, pottery, flint arrow, several corn drying kilns, pits, prehistoric field systems, holy well, an un-recorded battle (maybe Elizabethan /Tudor) and may be related to the Titus Oats Plot which was a meeting of priests and bishops that were arrested at Knockhouse in the penal times in a plot to overthrow the king.   This is only the tip of the iceberg and it is believed that the prehistoric burial mound and other features which have yet to be excavated  are areas of special importance.  From the earliest finds Neolithic hearths, ant houses, (4,000 to 2,000 BC) to American Civil War minie  bullets (1861-1865) this field has seen some action, so this rinfort is the jewel in our history and along with the unique habitat (kestrals and otter etc.,) will be gone forever without some forward thinking.Excavation of a tri vallete ringfort is currently undergoing at Knockhouse, Waterford City.  It’s the first in Ireland to be fully done and because of the downgrade of Tinnascart in West Waterford is the only trivallate ringfort in Waterford and may be the seat of a founding tribe of Waterford.   Tara in Meath is a tri vallate and also the seat of a king.  There has been pottery found in phase one that relates to Meath and the North East which implies the occupants were in some way transient and two tribes come to Waterford from Meath the O’Bric (fir buligean)and the Deise (The heremon).  The setting is Neolithic/Bronze Age 5,000 years of history.  The tri vallate ring fort once was part of a complex of ringforts in the vicinity and one of two that have been excavated on the West Pharma site. 
 
The fort has nationally important features most notably its 3 ringed ditches that are only used for royal sites and is set at the top of this area to dominate the region.  There were 3 corn drying kilns outside the fort and another suspected one inside.  Also there are 3 suterrains inside the tri vallate  which are manmade underground passages for storage and refuge.  Please note there is no other ringfort in Ireland (to my knowledge) with this amount of suterrains within a fort and suterrains alone in the South East  are virtually unheard of.   This in theory leads me to believe that the chief of this region was taxing the locals because of the amount of storage.  The presence of 5 fualachta fias (which is unheard of in the region in such close proximity to each other) and various cooking pots along with other features implies cooking on an industrial scale.  This may refer to feasting and because we believe there was an ancient trade route in the area, maybe this was a stop off point for traders or a meeting place for nobility and there is also ritual features on the site.
 
The site so far for its size has yielded a large number of sue terrains, fulachta fia’s, burt mounds, early bronze age huts, enclosures, cremations, pottery, flint arrow, several corn drying kilns, pits, prehistoric field systems, holy well, an un-recorded battle (maybe Elizabethan /Tudor) and may be related to the Titus Oats Plot which was a meeting of priests and bishops that were arrested at Knockhouse in the penal times in a plot to overthrow the king.   This is only the tip of the iceberg and it is believed that the prehistoric burial mound and other features which have yet to be excavated  are areas of special importance.  From the earliest finds Neolithic hearths, ant houses, (4,000 to 2,000 BC) to American Civil War minie  bullets (1861-1865) this field has seen some action, so this rinfort is the jewel in our history and along with the unique habitat (kestrals and otter etc.,) will be gone forever without some forward thinking.

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