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I visited some Neolithic structures and an early Christian Church as I continued my slow drive around the Dingle Peninsula route.


There was a cluster of five or six beehive huts, which provided shelter for small families from 1000 BC until as late as 1200 AD and located not far from the Dunbeg Fort further along the road and just a short hike up a steep hill and these were constructed with the same mortar less construction with a slight downward tilt on the outside for water runoff and these two huts have an enclosed fenced in yard, possible for livestock control.


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I had to make another stop along the way to take another photograph of the breath-taking scenery.


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The Gallarus Oratory is believed to have been an early Christian Church and uses corbel vaulting; which is a technique used by Neolithic tomb-makers and believed to have been constructed from the sixth to the ninth century AD.


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There is only one small window toward the back of the structure and legend states that if a person can climb out the small opening their soul with be cleansed.

The etched stone on below right is located by the Gallarus Oratory, dates from the Neolithic Age and the Christian Cross was superimposed during the Christian era.


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