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Castleruddery Stone Circle
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 52° 59' 27.0"   W 006° 38' 12.0"

Nearest town

Baltinglass

Grid Ref.

S 91594 94208

Map No.

55

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

172

Date of visit

Sunday 24 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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A section of the stone circle with at least 7 stones in the frame.


This site is classified as a stone circle but it's more likely to be an embankment enclosure or a henge, a place were cerimonies and rituals were taken.
It has a diameter of 30 metres and I counted 38 upright stones. Sadly the day we visited the site the grass was very high and the only excuse I can found for this bad maintenance is that it had been raining for almost 10 days in a row. Probably, if the grass had been mowed, I could have seen other stones.
The stones I saw range from a height of few tens of centimetres to the 1.75 metres of the stone at the northeast side of the circle.
Two stones seem to mark the entrance at the east, they are big and squat and are made by quartzite. They are 1.80 metres apart between them.
In the centre of the circle there are four small stones, laying on the ground, as they were forming a smaller circle.
While we were visiting the place, a woman came and performed some kind of ritual among the stones.


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