Carnaghan Portal Tomb

The Carnaghan portal tomb was built during the Neolithic period between 4000 and 2500 BCE. It is located southwest of Buncrana in County Donegal, Ireland.

Carnaghan Portal Tomb

The Portal Tomb of Carnaghan (Irish: Baile Mhic Cearnacháin) was built during the Neolithic period between 4000 and 2500 BCE. It is located southwest of Buncrana in County Donegal, Ireland. Portal tombs are megalithic structures found in Ireland and Great Britain, characterized by two equally high, upright stones with a door stone in between, forming the front of a chamber covered by a partially massive capstone.

The Portal Tomb is situated on the edge of several meadows in the southern part of the former island of Inch, which is now connected to the mainland via a causeway. Only the two portal stones, standing over 2.50 meters tall, remain in situ. The capstone has disappeared, and a few side stones (one of which has fallen) and some stones of the heavily reduced cairn have survived due to plowing.

Behind the portal, there is a large, secondary stone chest approximately 1.0 meter deep, covered by a stone measuring about 2.4 × 1.8 meters, resting on smaller stones.

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