Ballywee Early Christian Settlement

Ballywee Early Christian Settlement is an unusually well-preserved secular settlement, dating to the Early Christian period. It is a variation on more familiar raths and cashels so common in Co. Antrim.

A complex settlement, it was excavated by C.J. Lynn in 1974 and is now preserved in State Care. Nine Early Christian period structures were excavated including a rectangular house with a hearth, attached souterrain and outhouse. Two other souterrains, another outbuilding and traces of further buildings were also located. The three souterrains suggest that security was a consideration for the presumed prosperous society dwelling here. A spring-fed stream ran down the middle of the enclosure.