Ervey Portal Tomb

The Ervey portal tomb is located in the townland of Ervey in County Meath, Ireland, on a low ridge in pastureland, flanked by hills to the east and west.

Ervey Portal Tomb

The Portal Tomb of Ervey is located in the townland of Ervey (in Irish, An Oirbhe) in County Meath, Ireland, on a low ridge in pastureland, flanked by hills to the east and west. It is situated west of the R164 road, in a field known as “Cairnhill.” Portal Tombs are megalithic structures found in the British Isles, featuring two equally tall upright stones with a doorstone in between, forming the front of a chamber covered by a partially massive capstone.

The Portal Tomb is damaged and marked by two stones that are not in their original positions. On the south side, a slightly inclined portal stone with a height of about 1.6 meters, a width of 1.5 meters, and a thickness of 0.4 meters bears the weight of the capstone, which is approximately 3.7 meters long, 3.4 meters wide, and 0.4 to 0.8 meters thick, rising up to 2.7 meters from the ground. Its north side lies on the ground. Northeast of the portal stone, there is a fallen stone embedded in the ground. It is 1.5 meters long and 0.9 meters wide, likely the second portal stone. In between them, there is a 1.0-meter-long, 0.25-meter-wide stone that originally formed the threshold or doorstone between the portal stones. On the north side, there is a diamond-shaped stone with a height of 1.05 meters. Its function or purpose is unknown. There are no traces of a cairn, and the portal tomb is located on the north side of a field fence.

Please note that there is another Portal Tomb with the same name, Ervey, located in County Londonderry.

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