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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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  • Visited here on a somewhat blustery afternoon. The guide was most informative and had a passion about his work. He made the walk through the site very interesting. It was a wonderful trip back into li...  more »
  • The visitor center had a great deal of information on the history of the site, and the tour of the fields themselves included a demonstration as to how the search for the walls that marked the fields ...  more »
  • Glad we took the advice and visited. We were also fortunate to arrive within half an hour of the commencement of a guided tour. The guided tour is a must - otherwise you see - bog, stones, wildflowers...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A small area, the environment surroundings are incredible, the exhibition centre is so clever and looks amazing. Exhibition gives interesting influences on climate\environment changes over aeons. Some lovely silk imaged hanging inside, evocative.
  • Do not visit this site!!! It is for prebooked school tours only - NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITOTS. Staff is very, very rude, impolite unhelpful and non individual tourist friendly. NEVER AGAIN!!!!
  • 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