Goward dolmen

The Goward dolmen (also known as Pat Kearney’s Big Stone or Cloughmore Cromlech) is located between Hilltown and Castlewellan in County Down, Northern Ireland.

goward dolmen

The Portal Tomb of Goward (also known as Pat Kearney’s Big Stone or Cloughmore Cromlech) is located between Hilltown and Castlewellan in County Down, Northern Ireland.

The massive capstone of the largest portal tomb on the British Isles has shifted from its original more horizontal position and now stands at an angle, reaching a height of 4.3 meters. The approximately four meters long and three meters wide granite stone is over two meters thick at the front. Its weight is estimated to be around 50 tons. The stone overhangs on the north side, resting on its portal stones, while the end stone has fallen over. The unsegmented chamber, with an entrance on the east side, measures 2.7 meters in length. In the chamber, an urn and a flint arrowhead were discovered in 1843. Orthostats appear to form the remnants of an exedra.

The Dolmen of Goward is under the protection of the Newry and Mourne District Council. About 3.2 km northeast of Hilltown, the Court Tomb of Goward, known as the Horned Cairn at Goward, was excavated in 1932. The Court Tomb has three chambers and a well-preserved facade. Discoveries in the first chamber included axes and Neolithic-type pottery, but no human bones were found.

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