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Maughanasilly Stone Row
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 46' 13.56"   W 009° 23' 12.48"

Nearest town

Bantry

Grid Ref.

W 04290 58480

Map No.

85

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

132

Date of visit

Monday 13 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The stone row seen from the northwest.


This magnificent stone row is set in a wonderful setting, with green hills all around and a view on the Lough Atooreen to the southwest.
There are five upright stones and one laid on the ground over a total length of 5.75 metres. The row isn't perfectly straight and forms a slight arc or crescent. It's aligned northeast-southwest (30°-240°). It seems that this stone row was used in some kind of ancient ceremony that would involve the observation, or worship, of the moon by the people who farmed this land during the Bronze Age, around 1500 BC. It has been found out that the northeast end of the row is aligned to the most northerly point at which the moon rises during its 18.6 years cycle.
The stones aren't similar in shape and size, the northeast stone is the smallest one, measuring just 52 centimetres of height, the second from the northeast is the tallest, standing at 1.35 metres. Also the gaps between each of the stones aren't equal and vary from 29 centimetres to 68 centimetres.
The place is very well kept, the grass was cut. The monument has its own one-car parking space, an elegant timber stile and an explicative board.


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