early medieval period (sources give various dates--as early as 6th and as late as 10th century CE)
|As early as the 6th century monastic settlements were built in remote areas of Ireland. This small oratory, built without mortar, uses corbel vaulting and is dimly lit, with only a tiny window opposite the entrance door.|
|Note the wide lintels above the door and small window, used to distribute the weight of the heavy stone vaulting.|
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