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Navan Fort, Armagh

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Navan Fort is an ancient monument in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. According to tradition it was one of the great royal sites of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland and the capital of the Ulaid. Severed heads of their enemies were said to be kept here. It is a large circular enclosure—marked by a bank and ditch—with a circular mound and the remains of a ring barrow in the middle. Archeological investigations show that there were once buildings on the site, including a huge roundhouse-like structure. The site is believed to have had a pagan ceremonial purpose. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, "the of myth and legend is a far grander and mysterious place than archeological excavation supports".The name Eamhain Mhacha is thought to mean "the pair of Macha" or "the twins of Macha". 'Navan' is an anglicisation of the Irish An Eamhain.Location and descriptionThe site is a State Care Historic Monument in the townland of Navan, in Armagh City and District Council area. It is on a low hill about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) west of Armagh (at grid ref. area H847 452). The site consists of a circular enclosure 250 metres (820 ft) in diameter, marked by a bank and ditch. Oddly, the ditch is on the inside, suggesting it was not built for defence.
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  • The Center interactive exhibitions offers truly amazing insights into the Iron Age history of the area. The rather lengthy walk to and around the Fort itself is definitely worth the effort. The view f...  more »
  • Very cheerful welcoming staff! Rosaleen was friendly and helpful to adults and children alike. The cafe area was good and coffee flavoursome, scones delicious.. School groups appeared to be well cater...  more »
  • I cycled down from.Armagh only 2.5 miles. Beautiful rural setting for the centre. Had been several times around the archaeological sites and needed to get back to Armagh so decided to stick to the cen...  more »