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Knockraheen Stone Circle
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 58' 09.4"   W 009° 00' 46.5"

Nearest town

Macroom

Grid Ref.

W 30435 80114

Map No.

79

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

260

Date of visit

Friday 4 June 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The stone pair seen from the northwest.


At this site there are a stone row, a radial cairn and a stone circle.
The stone row is actually a pair of whitish stones, probably made of quartzite, aligned northeast-southwest (50°-230°), with the taller of the two being at the southwest end. It's 1.27 metres tall, 1.40 metres wide and 1 metre thick. The second stone is 1.15 metres apart and has a squarish shape, with a height of 1.05 metres, a width of 90 centimetres and a thickness of just 27 centimetres.
Another standing stone is 10 metres away from the second stone. It may be a lone stone, or part of a much longer row, but since it's slightly out of the axis, I think it's the former. It's 67 centimetres tall, 60 centimetres wide and 36 centimetres thick, with two small cupmarks on its top.
Walking southeast (140°) for 50 metres there's a radial cairn with a diameter of 8.50 metres. The taller stone of the cairn is on the east (80°).
The stone circle is 55 metres north (350°) from the cairn. It has only 5 stones placed in a pattern of just 3.80 metres of diameter. The recumbent stone is on the southwest (240°) side of the circle, is 60 centimetres tall and thick and 1.50 metres wide.


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