A Student of History

May 10, 2007

Dig in Ireland Clue to the Past

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 11:59 am

As the current good news of conciliation reaches us about the political situation in the north of Ireland, this BBC story gives a reminder of tensions from long gone days there.

A corner of north Antrim near Torr Head has been uncovered as an unlikely site of 17th century political intrigue.

Archaeologists have been digging back through the layers of soil to establish the facts of a settlement on the site.  There are the remains of 100 homes on the site on which hundreds of people lived and was possibly an early warning system for Scotland.  Across the sea from the site is the Mull of Kintyre – just 12 miles away.

An 18th century map shows the site with a giant flame on the location with the inscription “at this mark the Scots used to make their warning fire”.

Map

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