In medieval times, raths were circular settlements with steep banks and ditches surrounding them. Footage from above and around Banbridge rath. We go inside a souterrain that was used for storage and for security when under attack.

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14 April 2008

This clip could be used to inform the class about the features that should be included to make a model Rath. A large piece of felt draped over a shoe box for the sous-terrain, card strips to create a circular shape and plastic farm animals can work quite well! This type of early medieval settlement, called a Rath in Ireland, was not uncommon in other parts of Britain and study of such places helps us to understand what was important to people in those days. These features could be labelled with explanations on cocktail stick flags.