The Linford Barrows

Map Reference: D333072 (3333, 4072)

These structures have been rightly described as enigmatic. Close to the road is a circular mound about 13m diameter, surrounded by a deep ditch and a higher bank. Almost touching this is another mound about 16m diameter, surrounded by a deeper ditch and a larger bank. The function of these earthworks is unknown. They are too small for raths and the outer banks are higher than the inner platforms.

It is unlikely that they are defensive, nor indeed, defendable, structures and opinion favours a ritual or burial use. The barrows are almost perfect circles which has given rise to the suspicion that they may be post-medieval earthworks. Only excavation will detemine their antiquity. Across the road is a low cairn which may be a scattered cashel.

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