Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beehive Huts of Irish Monks

During the period 1,400-900 years ago, Irish Celtic Monks assembled these beehive-shaped stone huts on the rock island of Skellig Michael off the western cosast of Ireland. They were built by a technique called "drystone" architecture (no mortar was used---yet even today these stone huts are still perfectly water-tight!). "Skellig" means "Rock". During the Middle Ages high places were often named for the Archangel Michael (another example would be "Mont St. Michel" on the French Coast).

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