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Sunday with Kilkenny’s ancient stones , Discovering nine megalithic Court Tombs

harristown Tomb 8
kilmogue portal Tomb , 6000 years old,
The Standing Stone and Tombs of County Kilkenny,
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunday with Kilkenny’s ancient stones and tombs

Earlier in the year I posted this article about the kilmogue portal Tomb , Located Near Harristown , County Kilkenny.

Sitting at the end of a short path near Harristown, county kilkenny, it is a 6000 year old tomb, know nationally at the Kilmogue Portal Tomb but locally as, β€œLeac an Scail” – stone of the warrior/hero in English.

This tomb however has become just the first of many ancient remains I feel I have found in this small area of County Kilkenny, since I posted the above post in April (2014).

Full woods labels

The above is a map of a wooded area located above the Kilmogue Portal Tomb, Harristown, Kilkenny.

When back in April when I re-visited the portal tomb, I took a good look at its surroundings, its a dairy farming area with some very defined field patterns, I had a very strong feeling that this tomb could not be the only local ancient remains, there just had to be more.

It took some weeks of walking the local roads and wood-lands to find what I was looking for and the above map shows clearly the amount of sites I feel I have now found (Ring forts, standing stones and Tombs), while walking through the above woods there are many different type of megalithic remains.

I visited the another of what I felt was a possible megalithic site last Sunday and this Sunday morning, a collection of Multiple tombs and wanted to share some of the pictures and feeling below.

To get to this location I had to navigate through the trees and get over a wall into the field but once in I was amazed at what I found. There are a total of nine tombs that could as important as the Kilmogue Portal Tomb, they are possible megalithic Court tombs or Portal tombs. I feel that to find so many Tombs in one field is very special and reflects on just how important an area this must have been to the people who lived here over a vast period of time.

I need to keep working on this location and study a lot more as to my possible findings but feel its very exciting to find such a large collection of Tombs in one place.

I did at first wonder if these tombs where just collections of rocks that a farmer in the past had cleared from his fields but on getting closer and spending sometime walking around them, as you can see in the pictures these rocks are very large and in the correct formation and organisation to be Tombs.

They have large rocks forming a boarder with a raised area in the centre, they have a single gap forming an entrance and what looks like smaller grave area inside the tombs themselves. These features fully match the definition of what are defined as court tombs.

You are welcome to have a good looks at the pictures below and form you own impression but for the moment I am very pleased to have found such an impressive ancient location.

The Tombs of Harristown, Kilkenny ; Gallery

Kilkenny court tombs 10

Kilkenny court tombs 1

Kilkenny court tombs 2

Kilkenny court tombs 3

Kilkenny court tombs 4

Kilkenny court tombs 5

Kilkenny court tombs 6

Kilkenny court tombs 7

Kilkenny court tombs 8

Kilkenny court tombs 9

Local Standing Stones : Gallery

The standing stone Kilkenny 2

Standing stones 6

10 responses

  1. Fantastic photography yet again. As a nature lover, I enjoy all the rocks and the landscape.

    August 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      August 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  2. Nigel Rocks πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    August 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    • Hello Herman πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you !!!

      August 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  3. What Green Cathedral said!

    August 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

  4. M-R

    You’re enjoying yourself greatly being an archaeologist, Nigel ! πŸ™‚ And I must say that we’re all enjoying the fruits of your labour !!!

    August 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    • Hello Margaret πŸ™‚

      Thank you , that’s great to know and I guess I am yes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      August 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  5. Beautiful, Nigel. I love when I can learn that something is more than just a pile of rocks. πŸ˜‰ … Wish we’d known about this when we were in Kilkenny in 2011. There’s always next time … πŸ™‚

    August 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  6. Wow, consulting the Druids

    August 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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