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Clontygora Court Tomb
 

County

Armagh

Coordinates

N 54° 06' 43.86"   W 006° 19' 14.82"

Nearest town

Newry

Grid Ref.

J 09795 19428

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

165

Date of visit

Tuesday 6 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The amazing court tomb seen from northwest.


This amazing court tomb, though it has lost most of its features, like the original cairn and kerb, still retains its beauty.
Sadly this wonderful tomb has been used as a quarry for many years. Apparently most of its stones were removed and used in the building of the Newry Canal in the 18th century. In the 19th century some of its stones were used in the construction of the quay at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint. In more modern times someone thought it was handy to use some stones from this tomb for the building of boundary walls in the area.

The name Clontygora comes from the Irish "Chluainte Gabhra" which means "meadow of goats". It might date to 3500BC.

The court is huge, measuring 6.40 metres in width and 13 metres in length, and looks to the north-northwest (345°). Several upright stones form the arch of the court wall, the tallest one measures 2.72 metres of height and the one next to it is only 2 centimetres shy of that size! The second tallest upright stone has two cupmarks about half its height.
The burial chamber is 11 metres long but it's really narrow. Its entrance is only 41 centimetres wide between two upright stones in the court wall and is lintelled.
The gallery walls are made with large upright and sideways stone slabs up to 3.35 metres long.

There are other smaller tombs in the adjacent fields, but they are less elegant and, overall, they're out of reach in private lands.


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