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Maulatanavally Stone Circle
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 38' 46.14"   W 009° 03' 53.58"

Nearest town

Rosscarbery

Grid Ref.

W 26305 44282

Map No.

86

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

162

Date of visit

Sunday 12 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The stone circle is under the two twin pine trees in the centre of the photo.


This stone circle is in a rather impossible to reach position, but I like this kind of challenges so off I went. Apparently no easy access is provided to this circle, so after having searched around I decided to jump over a concrete fence on the side of the road, southwest of the circle, then I walked towards northeast for about 130 metres in a field with the grass as high as my thighs, I crossed a small stream of water and walked in another field with high grass and rushes for about 50 more metres. And finally the stone circle was before my eyes!
Unfortunately the grass in the field was very badly looked after and rushes were so high to cover part of the stones.
The circle is made of 8 upright stones, one lying on the ground and a block of quartzite in the centre.
The diameter of the circle is 9.20 metres measured on the east-west axis. The recumbent stone is at the west (260°), the axial stone is at the east (90°), and this is also the tallest stone, standing at 1.26 metres.
The recumbent stone is 1.47 metres long, 75 centimetres tall and only 28 centimetres thick.
The quartzite boulder in the centre of the circle has an almost cubic shape, and measure about 1 metre on its major diagonal and its height is of 65 centimetres.
The circle seeems incomplete, the north quarter of it misses all the stones, so it is likely that it had at least 5 or 6 more stones in origin.


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