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Labbacallee Wedge Tomb
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 52° 10' 27.2"   W 008° 20' 04.7"

Nearest town

Glanworth

Grid Ref.

R 77156 02485

Map No.

73

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

69

Date of visit

Sunday 21 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

10
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The entrance of the Labbacallee wedge tomb.


This huge and magnificent wedge tomb dates back to the end of Iron Age and the beginning of the Bronge Age, around 2000 BC, and contains two burial chambers.
The first and bigger one is about 7 metres long. The second one is concealed behind a stone slab at the east end of the gallery. Both chambers are covered by three huge capstones. The bigger of them is about 7.50 metres long and weighs over 10 tons. One of the capstone broke in two and is supported by a pillar made of stones inside the big chamber.
The whole monument is about 9.50 metres long, 6.70 metres wide at the entrance and 2.35 metres tall. At the entrance there are more aligned stones protruding from the tomb plan for about 3.50 metres.
It's flanked by a U-shaped kerb made with pretty large stones, 3 on the east side, 12 on the south side, all of them are around 2.80 to 3 metres from the main stones.
The entrance faces west (275°).
The name derives from Leaba Chaillí, the Irish for The Hag's Bed. Many legends are around this monument, and the Hag of the legend was the wife of the mythic druid Mogh Ruith.

UPDATE: June 4th, 2010 - We visited this tomb again and took new photographs.


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