J0811 : Proleek Dolmen - a delicate balancing act

taken 5 months ago, near to Ballymascanlan, Ballymakellelt, Aghnaskeagh and Ravensdale, Louth, Ireland

Proleek Dolmen - a delicate balancing act
Proleek Dolmen - a delicate balancing act
The 40 tonne plus cap stone balances at its western end on the delicate points of two vertical stones.
The Proleek Dolmen
This one of the best preserved cromlechs on the island of Ireland. It marked the entrance into a portal tomb and was built by Neolithic farming folk some 5000 years ago. The Neolithic people first cremated their dead and then placed the ashes in vessels into the tomb together with flint and stone tools. The capstone weights in excess of 40 tonnes and its erection obviously called for great engineering skills.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 4 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 4 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 082 110 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:2.2466N 6:20.8817W
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Irish: geotagged! J 083 110
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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