Monday, May 25, 2015

Meehambee Dolmen, Co Roscommon.

The Meehambee Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb dating from about 3500 BC located in Ardagawna County Roscommon, Ireland.
 It was discovered by two local children in the 1960's and is found at the end of a 300 metre tree covered pathway
Originally supported on 6 upright portals, 2.3 metres high. The capstone is estimated to weigh twenty-four tonnes. The portal stone supporting the back of the capstone has collapsed, allowing the capstone to slide backwards out of position, causing the doorstone to collapse also. The capstone now rests at a 45-degree angle
It is thought that these tombs, of which over 1,200 have been identified in Ireland were either the burial place of a single important king or chieftain or perhaps the tombs of several members of a tribe who inhabited the area in the Neolithic era. A great example of a Dolmen can be found by clicking here 

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