07-07-07. What a lovely date. Today was another day in Waterford. It's so slow mopping up the last few sites that I need to visit. They're so spread out. Many have gone or I was unable to locate them. At others the lanowner was away, so I could gain access. The ones I did visit aren't particularly spectacular in their own right, but they do fill in the picture a little.
There seems to be a pattern to Waterford. The monuments in the east of the county, that is to the east of the Monavullagh Mountains, are fairly well cared for. This could be down to their proximity to the City of Waterford. Those to the west are a bit shabby to be honest. They're also a bit thin on the ground. Were the mountains that much of a barrier?
The land to the west is very good farming land, so it could be that there were once many more monuments there, but land clearances have destroyed many of them.
I didn't manage to get to any of the hilltop cairns still on my list. These will have to wait for a long weekend, which hopefully will be next week or the week after.
The book itself Monu-Mental About Prehistoric Waterford is coming on at speed and is almost finished. We are hoping that it will be in the shops by November 2007.
|Gurteen Lower (Co. Waterford)||Standing Stone||3 New Images|
|Tooreen (Co. Waterford)||Stone Circle||4 New Images|
|Tooreen West (Co. Waterford)||Stone Row or Alignment||3 New Images|
|Toor Well - Monalummery (Co. Waterford)||Holy Well||2 New Images|
|Lagnagoushee (Co. Waterford)||Standing Stone||1 New Image|