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Cashelfean Wedge Tomb
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 38' 42.5"   W 008° 21' 33.9"

Nearest town

Dunkineely

Grid Ref.

G 76845 77506

Map No.

10

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

75

Date of visit

Wednesday 27 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The three wedge tombs as they appears at the end of the muddy track.


There's only a simple roadsign to these three tombs and I wonder why they are not mentioned on the internet at all, they're simply fantastic. I think I may be the first person writing about them and showing their photos in a website.
They're hidden in a little wood, 1.7 kilometres from the town of Dunkineely. From the little spot where we left the car we walked for 145 metres among little streams of water, a lot of mud and two or three timber runways, up to these wonderful three tombs.
The three wedge tombs are parallel and aligned south-southwest to north-northeast. They are 70 centimetres apart from each other.
The one on the left is 2.50 metres long, 1 metre wide and 1.35 metres tall.
The tomb in the middle is the bigger one and is 4 metres long, 1.50 metres wide and 1.75 metres tall.
The third one is 2 metres long, 1.20 metres wide and just 70 centimetres tall.
They're all included in a semi-circle of short upright stones that probably are the remains of a larger cairn that included them all.
The capstones show some cupmarks on the upper surfaces.
Absolutely fantastic!
The only sound over here is the singing of the birds.


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