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Kempe Portal Tomb
 

County

Down

Coordinates

N 54° 35' 24.66"   W 005° 45' 52.62"

Nearest town

Dundonald

Grid Ref.

J 44468 73621

Map No.

15

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

85

Date of visit

Friday 12 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The tomb among the gorses, seen from the southeast.


This portal tomb is 200 metres from a country road and between two houses. Unluckily it's almost hidden in a hedge of gorse and has some barbed wire around.
The entrance of the tomb faces east-southeast (115°). The monument is about 3 metres long and 2 metres tall. The capstone is massive. The overall impression, though, is disappointing.
Some cows came towards me and stopped at about 2 metres from me while I was visiting the tomb.

UPDATE: June 7th, 2017 - After nearly 14 years nothing has changed in this place, even the cows are still here, welcoming the visitors. Though I'd dare to say that probably things have a bit worsened. The gorse around the monument has grown uncontrolled and now the massive stones are almost completely swallowed by the vegetation of the hedge at the very end of a private field. The only visible elements of the portal tomb are the capstone and one of the backstones. The portal stones are roughly oriented to the southeast (120°). All other measurement are impossible.

The first 3 photos in this page are from the 2003 visit.


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