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Dun Angus: photos, description (Dun Aonghasa)

Dun Angus is the most famous and most impressive prehistoric FORTS of the famous Aran Islands (County Galway). It is located on the island of Inishmore, at the edge of a huge cliff, at an altitude of about 100 m above sea level and today is not only an important archaeological site and popular tourist attraction.

The exact date of Foundation of the Fort is unknown, although historians guided by the results of archaeological excavations concluded that the first fortifications were built in the second half of the 2nd Millennium BC, and eventually Dun Angus has been expanded and thoroughly fortified. In Irish the name of the Fort literally translates as "Fortress of Angus". Perhaps the Fort got its name in honor of the God Angus, known in Irish mythology as the God of youth and love, and perhaps after a mythical Irish king Angus Mac Humor.

Unfortunately, our days of the once impressive fortification constructions remained only ruins. However, according to the preserved fragments of the fortress walls, built in four rows by way of "dry masonry" and the areas they cover (approximately 6 ha), it is possible to assess the monumentality of the ancient Fort. The original form of Dun Angus most likely was oval or D-shaped. As additional protection was provided by the so-called "slingshot" (high stone blocks, vertically dug into the ground) and see which you will be able today outside the third ring of walls.

It is believed that the Fort was used as a place of worship for some religious and ceremonial rites. It is possible here held their seasonal rites, and druids. Considering the excellent visibility, opening from the top of the walls of Dun Angus and allows you to control the territory within a radius of approximately 120 km (including the entrance to Galway Bay and the impressive part of the Western coast of the island of Ireland) we can assume that the Fort was an important strategic object.