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Goward Portal Tomb
 

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Coordinates

N 54° 12' 48.0"   W 006° 05' 39.0"

Nearest town

Rathfriland

Grid Ref.

J 24373 31025

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

116

Date of visit

Saturday 6 May 2006

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The huge portal tomb and the informative sign seen from the east.


From the B180 I turned left to drive along Goward Rd, then along a narrow lane up to the parking area in front of this giant portal tomb!
It is 5 metres tall, 4 metres long and 3 metres wide. The tomb faces east and it's estimated to be 4000 to 4500 years old. According to the informative sign the granite capston weighs 50 tons! I wonder how they could carry such a monster up here and fit it in its position.
Not far from the portal tomb are the remains of an old house.


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