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Island Wedge Tomb
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 52° 04' 03.5"   W 008° 34' 46.7"

Nearest town

Mallow

Grid Ref.

W 60301 90733

Map No.

80

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

164

Date of visit

Tuesday 1 June 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The entrance of the tomb.


This wedge tomb is one of the most beautiful things we've ever seen!
It's on a private pasture and the day we were here at least 20 calves were around and they came towards us to keep us company and to make sure they were in almost all of our photos. The photos in this page are the ones without them.
The main features of this tomb are the U-shaped double walling of the gallery, the two tall stones at the entrance and the traces of the huge cairn that once covered the tomb.
It's 8.50 metres long, about 8 metres wide and the two tall stones at the entrance measure 1.90 metres and 1.70 metres in height.
The gallery is flanked by 8 stones on its right side, by 10 stones on its left side and has 1 stone at the rear. The double walling that includes them all has 23 stones. Three capstones are the roof of the gallery, but I think that at least 2 more capstones are missing.
The entrance of the tomb faces southwest (230°).


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