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Loughmoney Court Tomb
 

County

Down

Coordinates

N 54° 20' 33.6"   W 005° 38' 02.64"

Nearest town

Downpatrick

Grid Ref.

J 53829 46356

Map No.

21

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

54

Date of visit

Thursday 11 September 2003

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The court tomb seen from the north.


This nice monument is on a private land. While we were visiting the tomb, a car passed by and the driver waived at us. I presume he was the landowner.

Though it may look like a portal tomb, I had assurance from a a highly reliable source that this is a court tomb, well, what remains of a court tomb. The court has long disappeared, what we see today is just the entrance to the burial chamber or chambers.
The tomb is 3 metres long, 1 metre wide and 1.75 metres tall.
The entrance faces north-northwest (340°).

UPDATE: May 30th, 2019 - When I first came here I didn't realize that the main monument was surrounded by a slightly elliptical arrangement of orthostats. But on a second thought, I think that those orthostats have been added recently by someone who wanted to add some feature to the real monument.
Despite the tall grass, I counted at least 33 stones forming an ellipse of about 20 metres of diameter on the longest axis (northeast-southwest). I would be inclined to believe it's the former, and I believe the landowner did it to embellish the site.

The tomb is formed by two parallel side stones that support a rather flat capstone. It is 2.68 metres long, 1.35 wide and 1.56 metres tall.
The entrance is aligned to the northwest (340°).

This monument seems to be a reassembled wedge tomb, with the court that has long disappeared.

The first five photos in this page are from the visit in 2003, the remaining eleven photos are from the visit in 2019.


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