ME00580 - RATHKENNY - Megalithic tomb - portal tomb

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Located on a NW-facing slope. This monument was first published by Conwell (1864-6) who highlighted the cupmarks on the upper surface of the roofstone, although it was always admitted that these might be the result of weathering as is probably the case. Of the incised art on the underside of the roofstone and the side of the only upright facing inwards there could be no doubt, although it was difficult to provide a context. The tomb and its art was much discussed in the early days (du Noyer 1868; Borlase vol. 2, 343-4; Atkins 1896, Lecture Waterford Archaeological Journal, 2, 72-4; Tempest 1939), and Raftery (1939) was of the view that two of these curvilinear designs including a triskele motif were Iron Age in date, and he is probably right. The other designs, largely simple circles, have affinities in Passage Tomb art from the Boyne valley (Shee-Twohig, 1981, 236; 2004, 226). The remains of the tomb consist of a large roofstone (3.25m x 2.3m; T 0.85m) resting against a single upright stone (H 1.45m), possibly the sole surviving orthostat of a portal-tomb. An inclined slab beside it to the S appears to be set in the ground and may represent a further structural element, possibly a sillstone. Revised by: Michael Moore Date of upload: 18 April 2017 Amended: 3 August 2022

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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