Altar Wedge Tomb, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland..  by eithnemythen

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Built from local slabs, this wedge tomb is one of a dozen in the Mizen peninsula. It was first erected at the end of the Stone Age, around 3,000 to 2,000 BC, with it’s entrance deliberately facing the distant Mizen Peak.
Archaeologists recently uncovered some burnt human bone which they radiocarbon dated to about 2,000 BC and believe that the tomb continued to be used as a sacred site in the centuries that followed.
Shallow pits, probably for food offerings, were dug into the chamber floor in the later Bronze Age (between 1,250 and 550 BC) and Celtic Iron Age people filled a pit with sea shells and fish bones sometime between 124 and 224 AD. Whale bones were also found from this period.
The ritual use of this site ended with the arrival of Christianity, but it was briefly resumed during the 18th century when the tomb was used as an altar by priests who were forbidden by law to say mass in a church..


  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 4 years ago

    Awesome shot and love the narrative,..

  • Thanks John, it’s an amazing structure..

    – eithnemythen

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Great shot and great sense of history

  • Thank you Audrey..

    – eithnemythen

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and such an interesting read!

  • Glad you enjoyed it Pauline..

    – eithnemythen

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks :o)

    – eithnemythen

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    A terrific find!! Excellent notes too!

  • Thank you :o)

    – eithnemythen

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you Sean..

    – eithnemythen

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 4 years ago

    Sooooooo interesting,,and so well captured Eithne

  • Thanks Elfie, glad you like it..

    – eithnemythen

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    amazing shot

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    Congrats you’ve been featured in Celtic Realm

    Fino & Tina

  • Wow thank you, I’m delighted..

    – eithnemythen

  • Spiritmaiden
    Spiritmaidenabout 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful image and great narrative!

  • Thank you so much :o)

    – eithnemythen

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