Braaid Viking Houses

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4/5

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August, 2019

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Signed off A24, on the slope of the hill below Chibbanagh Plantation, this is the only “place”:http://viking.archeurope.info/index.php?page=the-braaid-google-maps
where Celtic and Viking settlements have been found together.

It is a lovely site with a small stream and is covered with heather and gorse. There are a few information boards around the site explaining what you can see.

The area was first settled by the Celts who built a round house here. The massive stones round the outside can still be seen. The walls were made of stone filled with earth. The turf roof was placed on brushwood rafters supported by timber posts.

During the Viking period, a farmstead was built here with two rectangular buildings. One was boat shaped and was the living area. It was made of turf with timber ends. The roof was supported by two rows of posts standing on a large stone.There were no internal walls The second rectangular building was used as a byre for cattle and other animals and had stone stalls along the wall.

There is a small sign post off the A24 and a path drops down between field boundaries to the site. There is a limited amount of parking by the sign as well as a small layby nearby. The nearest post code is IM4 2AG and the grid reference is SC 325 765.

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