For my Early Medieval Ireland Archaeology class we took a day-long field trip to a few sites near Co. Cork (though none actually in Co. Cork).
At this site I forgot my camera on the bus so I only got pictures out of the window while we were driving away. This is a round tower in the foreground and in the background there is an early medieval 'cathedral.' I think this was somewhere in Co. Waterford.
This is just in the little town, Dungarvan, that we stopped in for lunch.
This is at the second site, a ringfort, which I believe was in Co. Waterford. At this point we are actually inside of the ringfort and yes, it was raining...a lot.
The interior and bank of the ringfort.
This is a break in the bank where cows have climbed over it through the years.
This was the official entrance to the ringfort. The guy in the hat on the right is my professor, John Sheehan.
Did I mention that we had to trespass to get to it? This was the fence we had to climb over into some farmer's land to get to the ringfort. I'm sure it was cleared with the farmer, but it was still pretty shady just climbing over someone's fence.
The bank of the ringfort from the road.
That's what it looks like from the outside...not that special.
These are the evil cows that charged at us while we were climbing the fence. We all freaked out and ran into the fort.
The bus couldn't come up this road, so we had to walk back down to the highway.
This is a little graveyard somewhere in...Co. Tipperary? I think..
We came here to see the high crosses.
This is the other one.
There was super intense detail on them.
This is only special because it's one of the only known head stones that has English, Latin, and Ogham on it.
More of the graveyard and landscape.
View of the graveyard from the bus.