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Aghnaskeagh Portal Tomb
 

County

Louth

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 40.6"   W 006° 21' 28.5"

Nearest town

Dundalk

Grid Ref.

J 07573 13701

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

83

Date of visit

Tuesday 19 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

10
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Two of the three orthostats of the portal tomb seen from the west, the right-hand side orthostat hides the third one. The steam that is coming up from the greenhouses of the crop factory for the heat of the sun gives the place a magic atmosphere.


This complex of portal tombs sits on a private property, close to a small factory that raises and packages crops from the attached greenhouses.
I asked the owner for the clearance to walk on the property, because the sign at the gate warned me to report at the office before proceeding, due to hygiene issues.
The owner granted me the permission and I started the visit to this wonderful site.
The first thing you see is the pair of portal stones that welcome you at the far end of the farm yard. All the complex is protected by a dry-stone wall. The two tall portal stones are 2.00 and 2.10 metres tall and are 50 centimetres apart. Right behind them there's the third upright stone of the dolmen, it's 1.20 metres tall. The capstone is missing. The entrance faces north-northwest (340°).
If you walk 30 metres further south you find a small graveyard, with 6 or 7 small chambered cairns.


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