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Castletimon Standing Stone
 

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Wicklow

Coordinates

N 52° 54' 15.9"   W 006° 04' 01.08"

Nearest town

Wicklow

Grid Ref.

T 30034 85480

Map No.

62

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

62

Date of visit

Monday 6 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The guards to the standing stone which is visible on the horizon of the field.


This standing stone was re-discovered in May 2013 after having spent some centuries covered with brambles. Last time we came in the area was in September 2012 to visit the nearby ogham stone, eight months before this standing stone was found.
It dates to 3,500 BC, so it's about 300 years older than Newgrange!
The stone has been re-erected in a private field at Castletimon House. The field is the pasture for horses and donkeys.
It leans to the southeast (140°) by 15°. I wonder why it's leaning since they re-erected it recently. Couldn't they re-erect it straight?
It's 1.78 metres tall and about 65 centimetres wide. Seen from a side it tapers to a point starting from about 55 centimetres at its base. A crack goes diagonally across its south side.
Locals say that there should be another stone, a female stone to make the pair with this male stone. In the past cattle and horse were passed between two paired stones to make them fertile.
During my visit to the standing stone I was in the good company of two horses and two donkeys that were going to be more and more protective towards the stone and eventually I had to leave, but they gave me time enough to take all the measurements.


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