An Ancient Community


Thousands of years ago, our Stone Age ancestors constructed houses, walls and fields that created an early farming community complete with megalithic tombs. One of these communities was Ceide Fields.

Ceide Fields had stone-walled fields, a farming community and a countryside of homes scattered throughout the landscape with houses surrounded by garden walls. (Sounds familiar – this could be describing Irish life in more recent years…)

From artifacts found, these ancient farmers used wooden ploughs with a stone cutting edge for field cultivating. These were drawn by cattle (horses had not been introduced into Ireland at this time). A typical single round house, about six metres in diameter, had a a single family living there.

The surrounding walls appear to have not been built for defensive purposes – indicating that they lived as a peaceful community.
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