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Knockdrumore Wedge Tomb
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 05' 05.4"   W 008° 28' 00.9"

Nearest town

Abbey

Grid Ref.

M 68762 03874

Map No.

52

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

148

Date of visit

Friday 19 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

9
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The wedge tomb seen from the north. The roofstone is split in two pieces.


This is a large wedge tomb, unfortunately the capstone has broken in two and collapsed into the burial chamber.
The tomb is 8.50 metres long, about 1.90 metres wide and 1.65 metres high. The entrance of the tomb faces northeast (30°). The capstone is about 20 centimetres thick.
This monument can be reached at the end of a 50 metres footpath and jumping over a cattle fence.

UPDATE: September 11th, 2012 - We visited this tomb again and took new photographs.
This was the second time during the 2012 trip that we didn't remember of having seen a place before... We saw a road sign to a "wedge tomb" and we followed it. When we arrived here I had the feeling that I had seen this place on the internet, but I didn't remember that the website was my own one!
When it was time to create a page for it I found out that there was a page already. Well, at least now I have better photos than those frames from a video taken 9 years before.
More, we found a second smaller wedge tomb 35 metres west (285°) from the main one. This other tomb is in much worse conditions and all that remains are three stones against the boundary wall of the field and some other stones aligned to form the burial chamber. The highest point of this array of stones is only 70 centimetres tall. The tomb is 6.40 metres long and 2.10 metres wide and it's aligned to northeast (60°).
It wasn't a worthless visit, after all.


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