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Ards Beg Portal Tomb
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 07' 21.06"   W 008° 09' 30.0"

Nearest town

Gortahork

Grid Ref.

B 89901 30582

Map No.

1

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

24

Date of visit

Sunday 2 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The portal tomb is behind a bungalow.


This portal tomb has surely seen better days.
Right now it's suffering a very bad luck. It's tucked away behind an abandoned, or likely so, bungalow outside Gortahork.
The entrance of the tomb faces east-northeast (80°), but its portal stones and the entrance stone have been blocked into a blob of concrete that has been tastelessly decorated with mussel shells. A bed of seashells has been laid near the northeast portal stone.
This same portal stone has a cross incised on its outer face. There are two side stones on the north side and only one stone on the south side. The large capstone is flat, about 27 centimetres thick. It slipped back from the two portal stones and now is resting on the south side stone and some chocking stones, and it's also propping against a rear monolith that is 1.16 metres tall.

The tomb is 4.08 metres long and 2.06 metres wide at the entrance.
The two portal stones are 1.75 metres tall and 2.09 metres tall.


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