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Leac an Scáil Portal Tomb
 

County

Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 24' 11.2"   W 007° 15' 44.1"

Nearest town

Mullinavat

Grid Ref.

S 50260 28170

Map No.

75

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

159

Date of visit

Wednesday 24 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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As this wonderful portal tomb looks like when you approach it. Seen from the southwest.


This is a huge and amazingly beautiful portal tomb!
Unfortunately the room around it isn't proportionated to its size so taking photos of this monster in its entirety is close to impossible unless you have a very wide angle lens.
The two portal stones are huge. The lefthand side one measures 3.50 metres of height, it's 2 metres wide and 50 to 80 centimetres thick. The other one is similar in height and width, but it's 60 centimetres thick.
A large stone closes the entrance and is 3 metres tall and 1.50 metres wide.
Another large stone makes the east wall, and is 3 metres tall, 1 metre wide and 30 centimetres thick.
The casptone is 3.50 metres long, 2 metres wide and 40 to 80 centimetres thick and rests at a very steep angle. Sometimes I wonder where they could find such slabs or stones.
The highest point of this monument reaches about 4.50 metres.
The west side of the tomb isn't easily visible, unless I went over a hedge and a ditch.
The entrance of this masterpiece faces north-northeast (30°).
In the nearby field there's a standing stone, but it was late and the stone too far and hard to reach, so we gave up.
Unfortunately the frames extracted from the tape don't do the tomb justice. I hope to be able to go back there one day and take some proper photos.


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