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At Kilclooney-More there are two dolmens, both facing East, about 9m (20ft) apart.

These two remnants of ancient tombs are portal dolmens – the oldest type of archaeological structure found in Western Europe these examples date from about 4,000 – 5,000 years ago. They are older than Stonehenge, and of an age comparable to the earliest of the Egyptian pyramids.

The larger has a HUGE capstone (one of the largest in Ireland) – roughly triangular with a base of about 6m and a height of about 4m. The capstone is supported by twin uprights 1.8 m (6 ft) high.

The western chamber, now partially collapsed, is in similar proportions, but smaller. It can be seen here on the left edge of the photograph.

The site has not been formally excavated, a few fragments of undecorated Neolithic pottery were the only recorded finds. It is an officially listed Irish National Monument in the care of the “Board of Works”.

There is an interpretive Centre nearby.
The dolmen is about 400m from the road 4 miles or so North West of the town of Ardara, in South West Donegal

 
This photograph is part of my postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card

 
History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 13 th September 2014 View Count has reached 5,005
  2. 20th June 2014 Added to Featured Images by RedBubble
  3. 22 nd May 2013 View Count reached 3,000
  4. 10th October 2012 it had been viewed 2003 times.
  5. It has been featured in the Redbubble group All that is Archeological (on two separate occasions).
  6. 6th February 2012 Featured in Theme Thursday – Feature Friday
  7. 9 September 2011 it had been viewed 500 times.
  8. 11 January 2011 it had been viewed 102 times.
  9. *27th November 2010 uploaded to RedBubble

This image was cropped from a High Dynamic Range panorama, which in turn was stitched from a set of images shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5d, with a 16mm Fisheye lens. They were stitched using a program called Hugin.

The source images were shot in groups of three, bracketed +2 and -2 stops. The HDR effect was created by a program called Enfuse.

Comments

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 4 years ago

    fabulous capture – mq

  • Mike, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Audrey, Thanks for the welcome. George

    – George Row

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustagealmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and very interesting story. Well done George :)

  • Judi, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • trobe
    trobealmost 4 years ago


    You’re in our Winter Solstice theme features – Well Done!

  • Trobe, Thank you for featuring my Dolmen photograph. George

    – George Row

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonalmost 4 years ago

    Nice image … well done :o)

  • J J, Thank you. george

    – George Row

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature George

  • Button’, Thank you.   George

    – George Row

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Fascinating image and information, both historical and technical!

  • Trish, Thanks for the kind words. I see you have a great collection of Australian Wildlife photographs. George

    – George Row

  • Navigator
    Navigatoralmost 4 years ago

    What an intriguing story and photo! I never knew of this! Thanks for the info!

  • Navigator, thank you. There are intriguing stone-age structures, like these, all over Ireland but especially on the, generally less developed, Western side of the country. George

    – George Row

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 3 years ago

    all of the above…thanks for posting

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