Drombeg Stone Circle and Fulacht Fiadh
Ok, so what is possible connections are there with textiles and this ancient Bronze Age communal well, water trough and fireplace (Fulacht Fiadh) next to an earlier stone circle at Drombeg in West Cork, Ireland near where I live?
The site was excavated in 1957 and experiments showed that the water in the trough could be brought to a boil in 18 minutes by immersing hot stones heated in the fire. There are different interpretations for the function of Fulacht Fiadhs which include; a communal cooking place, perhaps for special festivals/ceremonies, for instance at the Winter Solstice to which the stone circle is aligned; for ritual bathing (the water trough is rather small but there is a stone hut next to it that could well have been used for the Celtic equivalent of the Native American sweat lodge) or; for dyeing wool for woven textiles. Besides the famous woad dye (Isatis tinctoria), first found in the Neolithic, a number of dyes were produced in the bronze age times from local flowers, seaweed and other plants and minerals.