In Lincolnshire, 150 sheep were rustled in a single nocturnal raid.
The most important Irish epic of the late Iron Age is the Táin Bó Cuailgne,
which is poorly translated as The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
Here is a picture of what remains of a farmstead of that time.
The cattle were brought into the circular stockade at night.
There are tens of thousands of these 'ringforts' all over Ireland, almost all visible from an aeroplane.
|Ballinascaula, county Limerick|