Dingle Peninsula

Fahan Group

Situated on the Slea Head/Ventry Road, are the Beehive or Clochans Huts [Beehive shaped cells or Huts made without mortar], eighteen Standing and Inscribed Stones, nineteen Souterrain, two Sculptured Crosses, seven Earthen Ring Forts, two Fortified Headlands. The Beehive Huts or Clochans, which are common to the area, owe their shape to the ancient method of construction known as drystone corbelling in which the circular walls are constructed of overlapping stones and curve gradually inwards until they can be covered with a capstone at the top. This technique has a long history in Ireland going back as far as the Burial Chamber in the Great Stone Tomb at Newgrange County Meath, which was built approximately 5,000 years ago.

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