the_power wrote:So, after the weekend in Craggaunowen, and watching two attempts at a fulacht fiadh, I think I'm a little more likely to say "Using it for cooking is a stupid idea".
Dave Mooney wrote:On the cooking thing; We ran the Fulacht fia in Ferrycarrig with the UCD Archaeology Soc and Dr. Aidan O'Sullivan and it worked a treat. Based on the argument that at some point the stones are the same temperature as the water or will start to draw the heat back out of it, we rotated them out of the pit and kept the water boiling as a result. The stones came out of the pit too hot to touch but heated 3 times as fast when put back on the fire thereby using less fuel. We also reduced the estimated period of use of such a site as with multiple heatings in the one session the stone broke up to useless sizes very quickly.
Kirst wrote:Mick Monk a lecturer in UCC has a forthcoming paper about Fulacht fiadh.
In brief; he theorises that they were large cooking pits used for banquet like parties in autumn when they were culling the excess cattle (young males) since they didn't want to feed the extra mouths during winter.
Just thought I'd let ye know.
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