Published on Nov 1, 2018
Hugh Newman investigates 'The Giant's Ring' near Ballynahatty on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The site consists of a circular enclosure over 600ft in diameter and 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) in area, surrounded by a circular earthwork bank 11 ft high. At least three of the five irregularly spaced gaps in the bank are intentional and possibly original and may be astronomically oriented. East of centre of the enclosure is a small dolmen oriented to the west. There were reports of other tombs outside the enclosure, but there is no trace of these now. It dates to 2,700 BC and is the largest earthwork of its type in all of Ireland. Includes exclusive aerial footage.