Lugnagun : Stone Row or Alignment

CountyWicklow
Grid RefO 014 124
GPSO 01373 12378 (5m)
Longitude6° 29' 4.3" W
Latitude53° 9' 8.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (3.9 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th April 2004

This is another monument I wasn't expecting to find and I'm still not 100% sure about it. However, several things lead me to think that it could be the real deal. Firstly the three stones are aligned along the ridge and evenly spaced. Secondly about 15m in front of them (along the axis) are what could be cist burials.

Neither the cists nor the stone row are previously recorded, but with the nature of this entire ridge becoming more busy I think that they need careful consideration.

Each stone in the row is just .6m high, but appear to have been broken off. Leaning up against them is a very nicely shaped stone that would look very good standing up as a part of an alignment.

There are two kinds of burial chamber that are refered to as cists or kists. Kist is usually used to refer to a megalithic structure and cist used for later Bronze Age burials.

Cists are small slab lined boxes, set into the ground, with a single slab used as a cover. They tend to be no larger than 1.5m square. Although cists are found in dedicated mounds or cairns they are often later insertions into megalithic cairns (see Kilmashogue (County Dublin)).

Kists are much bigger structures and usually built above ground level (see Dolmen of the Four Maols (County Mayo))and covered by a cairn. They are usually rectangular in plan with vertical sides, but one type, known as a Linkardstown Kist is pentagonal with sloping side stones (see Cloghtogle (County Fermanagh)).

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

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