Visits For May, 2006

Sunday, 7th May 2006

Some of the North\'s Finest

With two days of site visits lined up we set off for County Down. The plan was to take Julian to the show sites - my brief? "I wanna see big dolmens!"

Well, that's easy enough, but I planned a little more. You can't go to Down without seeing some fine court tombs and (if you've never been) the Giant's Ring. I picked out a fair collection of diverse sites to cover as much variation as possible.

In wedge tombs and court tombs the burial compartment is known as a gallery and collectively wedge and court tombs are called classified as 'gallery graves'. This is because the inner area is long and narrow, i.e. bascially rectangular, in plan.

In court tombs the gallery is usually divided into two or more chambers by jambs. Wedge tombs are segmented by sill stones, as are a few court tombs.

Clontygora (Co. Armagh)Court Tomb5 New Images
Ballymacdermot (Co. Armagh)Court Tomb3 New Images
Pat Kearney's Big Stone - Goward (Co. Down)Portal Tomb2 New Images
Ballynoe (Co. Down)Stone Circle3 New Images
The Giant's Ring - Ballynahatty (Co. Down)Passage Tomb3 New Images
Legananny (Co. Down)Portal Tomb4 New Images
Ballykeel (Co. Armagh)Portal Tomb6 New Images
Annaghmare (Co. Armagh)Court Tomb3 New Images
Kilnasaggart (Co. Armagh)Standing Stone4 New Images
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