Heritage Podcast Series Episode 5 Black Pig’s Dyke

Black Pig’s Dyke

The Black Pig’s Dyke or Claí na Péiste is an enigmatic earthern monument, extending at Scotshouse to about 10km in length.  Consisting of two deep ditches and earthen banks, which are still visible and an oak palisade fence now only obvious from underground charcoal remains, this monument was constructed in the Iron Age or possible earlier and was burned around the same time that the temple at Emain Macha was set alight in Armagh. In this podcast, you will hear from a farmer who owns and looks after some of the monument, archaeologists and heritage specialists discussing its meaning, original purpose and why it is of value to society now.