Kilkeel Portal Tomb

The Kilkeel portal tomb (also known as “the Crawtree Stone”) is an unexcavated megalithic structure located in the northern part of Kilkeel (Irish: Cill Chaoil – “Church of the Narrow”), in the southernmost area of County Down, Northern Ireland.

Kilkeel Portal Tomb

The Portal Tomb of Kilkeel (also known as “the Crawtree Stone”) is an unexcavated megalithic structure located in the northern part of Kilkeel (Irish: Cill Chaoil – “Church of the Narrow”), in the southernmost area of County Down, Northern Ireland, not far from the Court Tomb of Dunnaman. Portal tombs, dating between 4000 and 2500 BC in the Neolithic period, are megalithic structures found in Ireland and Great Britain. They are characterized by two equally tall, upright stones with a door stone in between, forming the front of a chamber covered by a partially massive capstone.

This Neolithic megalithic structure (3000 to 2000 BC) lies along a gravel path in a field boundary. The granite blocks of the approximately two-meter-high and 2.5-meter-long portal tomb are oriented to the south. The capstone measures around 2.5 meters in width and 0.6 meters in thickness. It rests on two portal stones, each about 1.3 meters high and 0.8 meters wide, and two tilted side stones, approximately 1.5 meters high and 1.2 meters long. There is no end stone, and the door stone is not original.

The name “Crawtree Stone” is unusual for a grave. The mythological term “crawtree” refers to a death tree and expresses an aspect of the Irish mother goddess.

The Court Tomb of Dunnaman is located to the west, and the Court Tomb of Moyad is situated to the north of Kilkeel.

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Crawtree Stone / Dolmen, 8 An Chloch Fhada, Annalong, Kilkeel, Newry BT34 4YZ, United Kingdom
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