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Knocks Stone Circle
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 38' 50.94"   W 009° 00' 30.6"

Nearest town

Clonakilty

Grid Ref.

W 30209 44375

Map No.

86

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

72

Date of visit

Sunday 12 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The stone circle is at the bottom of the field.


At the end of a farm path and into a field is this small and incomplete stone circle.
We walked for about 550 metres along a dirt path full of fresh muck, then we crossed the field for about 60 metres to reach the stones.
There are five stones that form the circle and another stone standing in the centre. It's unclear whether this stone was intentionally set in that position from the builders of the circle or whether it has been moved to this position later in the centuries.
All the stones are similar in shape and size except for the recumbent stone at the southwest (200°) side of the circle. This stone is 77 centimetres tall, 1 metre wide and about 38 centimetres thick. The axial stone is at the northeast (60°) side of the circle. This and the other stones have a height between 92 centimetres and 1.18 metres. The stone in the centre of the circle is split in two slices.
The circle misses all the stones in the southeast quarter. I reckon that at least three stones are missing in the whole circle.
The landscape is idyllic, but the monument has been somewhat ruined by the human intervention.


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