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Rockmarshall Court Tomb
 

County

Louth

Coordinates

N 54° 00' 33.12"   W 006° 17' 04.98"

Nearest town

Dundalk

Grid Ref.

J 12430 08027

Map No.

36

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

57

Date of visit

Sunday 26 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Looking at the scattered stones from roughly the east.


I have to admit that finding the right lane on the hill to reach this tomb wasn't easy, and once we found the right lane, we nearly missed it and we drove by without noticing it.
Actually it doesn't look like a court tomb, it is more like a group of scattered stones as from a field clearing or the leftover of a building site.
A stone wall delimiting a private property adds confusion, and I think it detracts a lot from the monument.

It's a court tomb aligned northeast-southwest (60°-240°), with the court to the northeast, over a total length in excess of 14 metres and a width of about 3.50 metres.
Unfortunately only the northwest end of the court survives, the other end has been cut by the construction of the fence wall I mentioned earlier. There are four chambers in the gallery, divided by jamb stones, well visible especially between the second and third chamber.
Some of the side stones along the northwest wall of the gallery are very long blocks of stone!

In fairness, due to the ambience, I don't think I can say I liked the place.


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