Scrahanard : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefW 315 789
Longitude8° 59' 47.71" W
Latitude51° 57' 29.16" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCrookstown (17.3 Km)
OS Sheet79
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

Another site that I wasn't intending to visit on this trip, but it is well signposted and I recognised the name from somewhere. It was not until I got home that I realised where.

This wedge tomb is a national monument. This monument is in a shockingly bad state! The farmer has also tried to block access into the field. The tomb is in a great condition structurally - the roofstone(s) are in place and so is all of the walling, including quite a large amount of the double walling. It occupies a place on the edge of a field next to a hedgerow. Unfortunately, the hedgerow had started to engulf the tomb and only the front 1m is visible. Even that part is disappearing fast. I wonder if it will be sorted out for the summer.

The reason I knew the name of the tomb is that the inside of the walls bears incised (scratched) markings. Only one other wegetomb has any form of art and that is Baurnadomeeny (County Tipperary). The age of the markings here are disputed amongst archaeologists, many of which do not believe they are contemporary with the tomb.

I think I'll pop back in the summer on my next Cork trip and see what state it's in then.

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