Magheraghanrush Court Tomb

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Magheraghanrush Court Tomb
Native name
Irish: Tuama Cúirte Mhachaire Chon Rois
Deerpark Court Tomb
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Typecourt cairn
LocationMagheraghanrush, Sligo,
County Sligo, Ireland
Coordinates54°16′46″N 8°22′52″W / 54.279326°N 8.381069°W / 54.279326; -8.381069Coordinates: 54°16′46″N 8°22′52″W / 54.279326°N 8.381069°W / 54.279326; -8.381069
Elevation137 m (449 ft)
Builtc. 3000 BC
Official name: Magheraghanrush
Reference no.377
Magheraghanrush Court Tomb is located in Ireland
Magheraghanrush Court Tomb
Location of Magheraghanrush Court Tomb in Ireland

Magheraghanrush Court Tomb is a court cairn and National Monument located in County Sligo, Ireland.[1] [2][3][4]

Location[edit]

Magheraghanrush Court Tomb is located 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Sligo town.[5]

History[edit]

Magheraghanrush Court Tomb was built c. 3000 BC. It may have first been a simple construction with U-shaped court; the east part was added later.

Local legend has it as a Giant's Grave or Druid's Altar, or the burial site of Eógan Bél (d. AD 542), King of Connacht, although the Middle Irish poem Caithréim Cellaig says he was buried on Knocknarea and reburied on an island in Lough Gill.

Animal and human bones were discovered on the site as well as a flint flake.[6]

Description[edit]

The tomb is very large, 30 m (100 ft) long. The court is oval and located in the centre with two chambers at one end and a single chamber at the other, giving it the appearance of a man from above. The central court is not a perfect oval but is crooked in the middle, indicating that there was originally one court cairn which was then added to. Some of the uprights had lintels, giving it the name of "the Irish Stonehenge."[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.megalithomania.net/show/site/2056/magheraghanrush_wedge_tomb.htm
  2. ^ "Irish Archaeology on Twitter".
  3. ^ "Magheraghanrush/Deerpark, Court Tomb, Co. Sligo".
  4. ^ http://www.shadowsandstone.com/Ancient-Ireland/Court-Tombs/Magheraghanrush-aka-Deerpark/Small/i-c3fcbh6
  5. ^ Moore, Sam (1 January 1998). "Archaeology in County Sligo". FAS Community Services Unit – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Cockroach. "Magheraghanrush - Deerpark Court Tomb, County Sligo - directions - photos - map".
  7. ^ Weir, Anthony. "Magheraghanrush".
  8. ^ Lehane, Brendan (1 January 2001). "The Companion Guide to Ireland". Companion Guides – via Google Books.