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Dun Aengus is a very large and impressive stone fort, standing on a cliff top, almost 300ft above sea level. It is in the hill fort tradition and consists of four sets of dry-stone walls and a defensive feature known as "cheveaux de frise" - bands of stone, standing on edge. It is claimed that the fort was built by the Fir Bolg (who were a pre-historic tribe) and their leader Aengus. Recent excavation, by the Discovery programme, has produced evidence of activity on the site from the late Bronze Age (between 1000 & 700 BC) until early Christian times (around the corner from the five and dime). Evidence of habitation in the late Bronze Age includes traces of hut and hearth sites, a stone trough and a range of domestic material. The fort was strengthened and extended from time to time. It is likely that there is a protective wall on the sea side.