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Loughcrew Tomb H Passage Tomb
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 44' 34.92"   W 007° 08' 03.66"

Nearest town

Oldcastle

Grid Ref.

N 57104 77392

Map No.

42

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

244

Date of visit

Sunday 4 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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Passage Tomb H seen from the east-southeast (110°).


Passage Tomb H is interesting under many aspects. The passage is long and has a lintel at half length, and two septal stones, one at the entrance and one nearly under the lintel. The kerb has been reconstructed after the excavations in the 19th century.
The diameter of the cairn is around 13 metres. The passage gallery is aligned to east-southeast (110°).
The inner space is cruciform, that means that the burial chambers are arranged as the arms of a cross. One of the stones in the passage gallery, a stone in the chamber number 1 and the septal slab in the chamber number 3 are decorated with concentric rings and might recall the decorated stones at Newgrange.
During the excavations several items were found, including some cow bones shaped in combs. Some items had decorations made with metal tools. Other metal items were found under a layer of gravel and pebbles. This could lead to the conclusion that this tomb might have been built in the Iron Age rather than in the Neolithic, or that it was still in use during the Iron Age.
The chamber in front of the passage still retains its roof slab. This came in handy during the visit to this tomb when the rain poured down!


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