Proleek : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefJ 083 110
GPSJ 08341 11013 (7m)
Longitude6° 20' 46.16" W
Latitude54° 2' 12.69" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDundalk (5.1 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Proleek - Portal Tomb
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd February 2002

This is Proleek dolmen's (dare I say it ... 'somewhat ignored') little brother, which is such a shame. Just 75m from the imposing dolmen this tomb has a gallery that is maybe 7m long and there is still one roof stone in place. Other probable roof stones lie scattered and broken around it.

The height is even along it's length and the stones are of a fairly regular size too. A lot of thought and consideration went into its construction and the magic flows from it.

Sunday, 5th February 2006

I do love this monument. It's proximity to the portal tomb makes it a double pleasure to visit. As with the other monument the trees and hedges being so close by do detract from the site so much.

Portal tombs are what most people wrongly refer to as dolmens. They are, to me at least, the most strikingly designed of the megalithic tombs. They are called portal tombs because they have two large upright stones, usually very well matched, in front of the chamber that seem to form a doorway.

Resting upon the portal stones and the chamber a large capstone rests (sometimes there are two capstones - see Knockeen (County Waterford)), usually at an angle of around 22 degrees from the horizontal. Although these were originally incorporated into one end of a long cairn there are none left in this state today, although traces of the cairn can sometimes be seen upon the ground. The portal stones can be up to 3.5m tall, which combined with a thick capstone can produce an imposing monument over 5m tall. Capstones can reach in excess of 70 tonnes, with that of Browne's Hill (County Carlow) being estimated at over 120 tonnes.

Often betwen the portal stones there is a door slab, blocking the width of the entrance, but not always the full height. Door slabs are either half height, three quarter height or full height, describing the amount of the portal that they obstruct. All portal tombs would have had door slab, but this has often been removed to facilitate entry into the chamber.

Quite rarely the portal stones are the same height as the chamber and the characteristic slope of the capstone is created by the profile of the capstone (see Glendruid (County Dublin)).

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From Dundalk take the N1 north and then the R173 east. After just over 2km you will come to a left turn, take this and continue for about 900m. You will be driving alongside a small river. Keep looking out for a bridge crossing it to the left. Turn in here and head left upto some gates and park. There is a little horse gate in the top left corner of this area, walk through here and through the next one. Both the wedge tomb and the dolmen are right in front of you.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Wedge Tombs

External Links

The wedge tomb before sterilisation

A lovely picture of this tomb when it stood at the edge of a field before the greed heads built a golf course right next to it.
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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

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.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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