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Knockoneill Court Tomb
 

County

Derry

Coordinates

N 54° 55' 10.9"   W 006° 43' 20.9"

Nearest town

Maghera

Grid Ref.

C 81969 08757

Map No.

8

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

214

Date of visit

Monday 25 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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An overview of the site from the northeast. It's quite difficult to get it all in the frame.


This court tomb can't be seen from the road because it's behind the ridge of a low hill next to a house. It's nicely protected by a large fence and a turnstile.
The tomb is huge! The court of the monument has a diameter of 10 metres and faces east.
The entrance of the tomb has a double row of upright stones or jambs. The antechamber is 1.90 metres long and 1.80 metres wide, from here there's a passage made by two jambs and a massive lintels that leads to the main burial chamber that is 2.35 metres long and 2 metres wide. The slab at the end of this chamber has been used as side stone for a second and smaller tomb, with a corridor that runs south to a burial chamber that is 1.80 long and 1.20 metres wide.
The taller stone in the court is 1.70 metres tall, the lintel to the first chamber is 1.40 metres from the ground.
The whole monument is 19 metres long.
The overall impression is amazing and I think that all in all it's pretty well preserved.


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