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Ceide Fields, County Mayo

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The Céide Fields is an archaeological site on the north County Mayo coast in the west of the Republic of Ireland, about 8 kilometres northwest of Ballycastle. The site is the most extensive Neolithic site in the world and contains the oldest known field systems in the world. Using various dating methods, it was discovered that the creation and development of the Céide Fields goes back some five and a half thousand years (~3500 BC).HistoryThe discovery of the Céide Fields originally began in the 1930s when a local man, schoolteacher Patrick Caulfield, noticed piles of rocks which were uncovered as he cut away some peat for fuel. In these piles of peat he saw a design that could not have been haphazard; Caulfield noted that the rocks must have been placed there by people, because their configuration was clearly unnatural and deliberate. Furthermore, the rocks were positioned below the bog, which meant they were there before the bog developed, implying a very ancient origin.The unravelling of the true significance of this discovery did not begin for another forty years when Patrick's son, Seamus, having studied archaeology, began to investigate further. Investigations revealed a complex of fields, houses and megalithic tombs concealed by the growth of blanket bogs over the course of many centuries.
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  • The visitor centre is a must, for the wel needed infromation. The informational movie in the media center does the best job. Little restaurant and well layed out explanation. It is impressive to see t...  more »
  • I attended a function in Enniscrone last November and I looked up what we could visit. I saw online that the Ceide Fields were open, so we (15 of us) decided to go in 4 cars to see the site. On arriva...  more »
  • Interesting attraction with spectacular views (weather dependant) I think it is one of the best kept secrets in Mayo as in my opinion it gets very little publicity and is poorly signposted. Or guide w...  more »
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  • Like all the best historical places in Ireland it's a bit out of the way. But well worth it. Amazing bit of our history that doesn't get a lot of coverage. Just great even for the views. Great for kids too and food is good as well. So can just head out the door and go. Works as a half hour stop off or a day out.
  • This site is amazing. The visitors center is full of very strong interpretive information. The audio-visual presentation is excellent as well. The only down side is that there could have been a little better information in the walk around the bog. Be sure to walk down to the ocean cliffs overlook across the road from the parking. It's a stunning view!
  • Its very much shut. 12:00 on April 1st. No explanation as to why it's closed. Perhaps too early in the season. You can still access the site but with no interpretive signs at all it's tricky to work out what is what; just bog and rocks. Archaeologists April fools joke?
  • Seemed closed, but there is awesome observation point for cliffs there. Worth a stop.
  • Dear friends and viewers this place is a wide range For a coast of a different color, here’s a quietly picturesque view of Ireland’s Céide Fields. The fields comprise an archeological site whose windblown grasses hide a secret from the Stone Age: homes, tombs, and other complex man-made structures dating from nearly 6000 years ago. The visitor center (pictured) leads tours across the blanket bog covering the ancient civilization’s structures, for which it advises guests to wear sturdy shoes.