Loughcrew Hill Fort
Loughcrew Hill Fort is the least explored or documented of all the monuments at the Loughcrew Complex. I have stumbled across this Iron age hill fort while studying the alignment of a constellation which may be linked to Loughcrew and I believe I have linked a constellation to the complex and will release this information soon. Loughcrew Hill Fort is a tremendous site to visit. After conducting research and studies relating to Iron Age hill forts I am stunned why no one before me has researched this site, because in my option it's a vitally important site among the Loughcrew complex when investigated. When approaching the fort you can clearly identify it as a Iron Age Hill Fort. The first thing I noticed beside this fort to the south is a small stream which you can see in the video below. Watery places to our iron age ancestors where very important as they believed them to be ways into the underworld where the spirits and gods of the iron aged people lived, Secondly it was a source of fresh drinking water for the residence within the fort. As you approach Loughcrew Hill Fort you notice it's built on land that is sticking out of the valley and they would have chosen this site because it was very easy for them to defend but also it was very visible from the local surroundings, So everyone who lived in the area would see the fort and the people in the fort would be able to see them, This would have been a sense of status, The residences who lived inside the fort where the people in charge like aristocrats and clan leaders.
How Did They build Loughcrew Hill Fort?
They would have built the fort by firstly surrounding this spit of land with great earth and ramparts. They then proceeded to built ditches made of stone in front of the ramparts which can still be seen today. On top of the ramparts they would have built wooden fences to keep out all enemies. This fort in its day would have been a spectacular place to see, from research this fort would have been built around 1200 B.C and could possibly have operated up until the 2nd Century A.D. The reason I state these dates are firstly the style of buildings within the fort and secondly the ogham stone which I found at the site which I'm now in the process of getting translated, see the picture Below. To visit this fort while in operation you would have experience smoke from many fires, Many people talking, laughing and sometimes crying as the houses within it where built very close to one another. All buildings in this fort where built using stone and they would have used straw or wheat grass as their method for roofing. When entering the fort today you can clearly see the foundations of these structures. Upon entering the fort to the left are the remains of a circular home and to the right a square stone structure with a stone circle inside, This structure would have been a storage building for meat, grains etc. The fort only had one entrance which faces east onto level terrain before hitting the base of Sliabh na Cailli. This confirms again that the Loughcrew Fort was built as a defensive Iron Age Fort. So we ask the next question who lived here and what where they defending?. This is where my research got really interesting.
Who Lived At loughcrew Hill Fort
At present I can not give you a name regards who lived at Loughcrew fort, but I now believe that they where descendants of Ollamh Fodhla whos burial chamber cairns T which can be still visited today on the peak of Sliabh Na Cailli. While at site I found a Ogham Tablet and I'm hoping this will point me in the right direction to finding a name or some clues about who lived here. While doing my research I discovered up until very recently archeologists believed that the Celts came from central Europe and invaded Britain and Ireland around 500 B.C but now they have discovered in some cases this is not particularly true especially where burial chambers are located in the landscape beside hill forts. They now believe that the people that lived in iron age hill forts located beside Neolithic burial chambers where in fact descendants of the Neolithic people before them who lived in the area. Taken this into account in this scenario this means the builders who built the Loughcrew Cairns continued on living here for thousands of years. Keeping this in mind the people who lived in Loughcrew Hill Fort where descendants of the people who built Loughcrew Cairns and therefore must be seen as part of the Loughcrew complex. These people would have understood the Loughcrew Complex In all its glory and how it worked. Loughcrew is a place of more importance on the island of Ireland than we realize or is accredited for, As I continue my exploration here more and more of how our ancestors lived is revealing it self to me.