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The Céide Fields

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Beneath bogland of North Mayo lies The Céide Fields, a Stone Age monument dating from 5,000 - 6,000 years ago


The Céide Fields, meaning 'a flat topped hill' is a historical site that is the oldest known enclosed Neolithic and Stone Age landscapes offering an insight into the lives of our ancestors over the past several thousand years.

North Mayo in Ireland has the highest concentration of court tombs in the country, set over ten square kilometres.

Discovery


The oldest known stone-walled fields in the world
Families living in the small village of Beldrerrig excavated the peat, dried it and then burnt it as fuel.

Patrick Caulfield, a local school master discovered large numbers of large stones buried deep in the bog during the excavation process of the peat. He noticed their regular placement and formations.

His son, many years later whilst studying the formations discovered houses, tombs and cultivated fields which has laid hidden for many centuries.
The outline of the buried walls was discovered by using iron probes and then placing bamboo poles across the vast areas of bog lands.

History


Our Stone Age ancestors constructed houses, walls and fields
Thousands of years ago our Stone Age ancestors created early farming communities. One such community was Céide Fields which created six meter diameter homes, stones walled fields and megalithic tombs.

The Ceide Fields Visitor Centre


The centre piece in the Céide Fields visitor centre that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, greets its visitors with a 4,000 year old pine tree, originally planted in nearby bogland.

The Ceide Fields pyramid form with its glass point was designed to reflect the surrounding environment and combines sandstone, oak and glass to highlight natural materials.

The Ceide Fields Interpretative Centre received the Gold Medal Award from the RIAI.
Archaeological specialist Gretta Byrne is responsible for the day to day running of the centre.



Opening hours


The Céide Fields centre is open daily from March 29th to October 31st.
10am to 6pm - June - September
10am to 5pm - March - May and October
During the winter months it is available for bookings.

Average length of visit: 2 hours.

WEBSITE: www.ceidefields.com
TEL: +353 96 43325
EMAIL: information@ceidefields.com
ADDRESS: Ceide Fields Centre, Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland

Céide Fields excavations

Céide Fields excavations

3,400 year old pine tree in the Céide Fields visitor centre

3,400 year old pine tree in the Céide Fields visitor centre

The Céide Fields visitor centre

The Céide Fields visitor centre

The Céide Fields map

The Céide Fields map

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Full property details and booking terms and conditions are available on the relevant property page(s).
Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, November 2017.


   

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