ARDINAMIR (the field of the flax-steeping pool)
Above is what is believed to be a Flax steeping pool at Ardinamir. It is approximately 12 feet by 20 feet, it would originally have been dry stone lined but there is only partial walling left.
It may have been used in conjunction with the weaving industry at Balure.
Flax is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, grown as early as 7000 BC. It is grown for its seed and fibre. Flax grows best in cool climates, Russia and Canada being two of the leading growers in the world. It is planted after the danger of frost has past, and is harvested at different stages, depending on whether it is being grown for the seed or fibre.