Burren Glossary

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Caher

Stone fort, over 500 of which are found in the Burren 

Cairn

A large pile of rocks of varying dimension, often containing a series of individual burial sites such as at Poulawack, which is of Bronze Age origin. Sometimes smaller cairns are found, many of which may contain a few box or cist graves

Carboniferous

Geological period extending from 360 to 290 million years ago during which the rocks of the Burren were laid down 

Chancel

The eastern part of a church

Chert

Commonly seen as a fossil in the Burren limestone, this is an impure form of flint and was once used for making weapons - arrowheads etc

Clint

The term used for the large blocks of limestone (separated by grikes) found all over the pavements of the Burren

Clochan

A beehive-shaped hut with walls and roof built wholly of stone

Corbel

A projecting support stone often seen in old churches and structures

Crozier

Bishops' crooked staff, often represented in carvigs such as those at Corcomroe or Kilfenora