Visits For February, 2008

Sunday, 10th February 2008

Off The Beaten Track In Antrim

With the forecast looking good I arranged to meet Anthony Weir in Antrim in order to see some little-visited tombs. As I passed Belfast the fog became really thick and I thought that we'd not get to see anything, but it eventually started to lift after our first site. It never really cleared though and the sky stayed bright white making it very difficult to take pictures.

Among the sites on my target list were Ireland's longest court tomb and a small monument that was once used as a pigsty! The former is incredible and hardly touched, while the latter is rather cute, but presents a few classification questions. We eventually decided it was similar to the tomb at Ballylumford (County Antrim).

It wasn't possible to see al the sites I wanted to, because I don't know my northeast from my northwest and we spent quite a while talking to one of the farmers we met. Mis-remembering that a site lay northeast of a mountain meant we went for a long walk that we didn't need to do, which cost us about an hour.

The Maidens - Antynanum (Co. Antrim)Stone Pair9 New Images
Tamybuck (Co. Antrim)Wedge Tomb7 New Images
Antynanum (Co. Antrim)Court Tomb18 New Images
Ballygawn (Co. Antrim)Passage Tomb9 New Images
Cander's Walls - Ballygowan (Co. Antrim)Court Tomb3 New Images
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