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Ceide Fields, County Mayo
Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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.Take a look at our Ballycastle itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Ceide Fields and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Wow, was driving past here a couple of days ago and I just had to stop to take photos of the amazing views. I have been many times to this area, but on a nice day, it is simply stunning.
Some amazing views from Ceide Fields, the staff are all very pleasant and informative and the visitor's centre has some interesting information on the past 7000 years at this location and more. Defini... read more »
Called today on a tour. My tourists all from California were polite but I knew they were not happy. A very underperforming site. I'm a stonemason with over thirty years experience and I've never seen ... read more »
Amazing facts and we were very lucky to have Seamus Caulfield as our tour guide. The exhibition is getting a small bit dated after 23 years but I believe that an upgrade is on the way. A must visit if in Mayo and along the Wild Atlantic Way
Very scenic and remote. Brilliantly designed building with some good displays and information
Great insight into ancient Ireland, plus the views are incredible.
I love this place and try to go there every time I am in Eire'. It is wild and the center is fun to go through." Ceide Fields Forever".
Well worth a visit if passing
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