County Down, Thursday, June 16th, 2022…
Such is the size and nature of these structures
that the photographers art can seldom do them justice.
The front end of the enclosure is massive
and since the re-encroachment of nature
it now just looks like a huge wall of trees.
Artistic impression of the mound settlement in the ninth century
Despite historical insistence that such
features were defensive
it is far more likely that they were symbolic.
Folklore links wild oxen with the site,
and it may well be that its design
takes its inspiration from the hoof of an ox.
Curiously, from above,
the site looks like nothing less
than a single eye…
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