Michael MacDonagh of the NRA is our penultimate speaker of the day and his paper is entitled 'Under the same night sky – the architecture and meaning of Bronze Age stone circles in mid-Ulster'.
There are 100 stone circle sites in mid Ulster. There has been a long held acceptance that they may in some way be linked to heavenly movements. Archaeological discussion of the Ulster circles has tended to focus on the often accompanying stone row alignments and their direction and positioning to various lunar positions on significant dates. It is clear that the design and layout of the circles in these complexes was deliberate, not random. This paper will explore the inspiration for laying out the circles in certain common patterns and the intent behind them you can read the full extract on our confirmed speakers page.