Thousands of Ireland’s ring forts will be documented in the new Twitter and Instagram accounts @everyringfort.
In a blog post, Keith O’Faoláin, an Irish designer and developer, wrote: “I just launched @everyringfort, a bot which celebrates the circles on Ireland’s landscape.”
“@everyringfort is an (Instagram / Twitter) bot which is posting satellite images of every ringfort (well cashel, dún, rát, and lios) in Ireland, one an hour, it should finish up sometime in August 2022.”
“Ringforts are the most common historical field monument in Ireland with an estimated 45,000 examples identified to date, meaning that Ireland has a ringfort for every 2km²!”
O’Faoláin wrote that he is using data from the Archaeological Survey of Ireland’s database of the National Monuments Service Sites and Monuments Record (SMR). In the dataset, 30,0125 sites in Ireland are categorized as rath, cashel, or ringfort, but O’Faoláin is working with 29,772 sites that have correct coordinates.
He explained that “posting one site per hour it will take 1240 days/177 week/3.4 years to get through them all!”
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