Castleskreen



Map Reference: J466400 (3466, 3400)



This castle consists of an almost square tower 3.65m by 3.35m. Two short walls project from the NW corner and the N side at right angles. It stands near the SE edge of an oval rath platform which is about 28m average diameter. On the E side of the tower the original base batter extends downwards into the ditch of the rath.



There is a similar batter on the west side. The tower stands to a height of 5.8m above level ground on the N side. It consists of a basement and an upper floor. The basement interior is merely a shaft about 1.2m square, which has been clearly identified as a latrine pit. At the upper level there is a latrine chamber which was entered through a N doorway leading from the missing portion of the building. This chamber was lighted on the E wall by a small square opening with an internal splay.



Rebates in the E and W walls indicate that the privy pit was spanned by a wooden seat about 30cm wide. The northern half of the chamber had a corbelled roof. This suggests that a second storey existed. This may have held another privy which discharged vertically into the latrine pit.


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