J0811 : Pebbles on top of the Proleek Dolmen's cap stone

taken 1 year ago, near to Ballymascanlan, Ballymakellelt, Aghnaskeagh and Ravensdale, Louth, Ireland

Pebbles on top of the Proleek Dolmen's cap stone
Pebbles on top of the Proleek Dolmen's cap stone
This has nothing to do with Jewish custom of leaving a stone or a pebble on the headstone when visiting the graveyard. Instead, it is the product of a local lore which states that anyone who manages get his/her own thrown stone or pebble to land and stay on the top of the capstone will be wed during the following twelve months.
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)
Wednesday, 4 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 082 110 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:2.2254N 6:20.9100W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 082 110
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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