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Boheh Petroglyph
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 44' 51.6"   W 009° 33' 14.76"

Nearest town

Aghagower

Grid Ref.

L 97496 78682

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

109

Date of visit

Thursday 14 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The signpost next to the small gate of the abandoned house.


Not easy to find.
This natural rocky outcrop stands behind an abandoned house, but it's signposted at the gate.

The surface of this rock is almost totally covered with carvings. The most recurrent motifs are the cupmarks, enclosed in one or two concentric rings. Other motifs, known with the name of keyholes can also be seen, which can date this rock art from the Bronze Age.

A Latin cross was carved on the rock in Christian times, and the rock became locally known as the St. Patrick's Chair.

In 1991 the historian Gerry Bracken discovered that on April 18th and August 24th the sun seems to set on top of Croagh Patrick, visible from this rock. Then, instead of disappearing behind the mountain, it seems to roll down along the north slope of it. These two dates split the year into three parts, thus marking three important seasons in the prehistoric era.

Visiting this site with the perfect light is essential, because some of the carvings are faint and wouldn't stand out in a dull light.


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