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Crevary Upper Court Tomb
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 05' 43.38"   W 007° 33' 56.16"

Nearest town

Rathmullan

Grid Ref.

C 27728 27637

Map No.

2

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

72

Date of visit

Sunday 17 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The court tomb is in a private field, with a tree growing in the middle.


About 20 metres southeast from a field gate there's this unclear megalithic tomb.
The remains are a bit confusing. There are two tall portal stones and a slab set horizontally between them, and two lines of much lower stones running south-southeast from the two tall ones, as to form a gallery.
Between these two parallel lines of stones there are some other small stones piled up randomly.

I think it's not too wrong to say that this could be what remains of a court tomb. The court is missing, but the presence and the structure and layout of the other stones leaves few doubts about it.

The entrance of this tomb faces north-northwest (330°).
The westernmost one of the two tall stones is 1.65 metres tall, about 72 centimetres deep and 19 centimetres thick.
The northernmost stone of the two is 1.89 metres tall, about 65 centimetres deep and 22 centimetres thick.
The two stones stand 1.26 metres apart.
The whole monument is 4.95 metres long.

A tree has grown right among the stones in the gallery, and I think that one day it could dislodge them for good.


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