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Carn Bugail

Posted by [email protected] on December 17, 2016 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Carn Bugail is a roughly circular cairn of 51-54 feet in diameter adorns the top of Cefn Gelligaer. Although the site is a damaged and today the burial cist has  a modern OS triangulation pillar at the centre.

With beautiful views this is an amazing sacred space selected by our ancestors.

Records from the 18th and 19th centuries mention 3 parallel cists containing cremated remains and pottery urns, but there is no sign of them anywhere. The cairn is almost completely circular measuring some about 54 feet diameter, with a kerb of large stones laid flat.

There are larger slabs, some overlapping, on top of the cairn. At the centre is a badly damaged burial cist. Originally, it would have looked amazing lined with stone slabs on all sides, but only one small slab remains, on the west side of the cist. The cist was covered by a cover stone, roughly oval in shape and over 6 feet long.



Dooey's Cairn - Antrim Ireland

Posted by edwinswagger on June 6, 2016 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)





Dooey’s Cairn is a Neolithic tomb dating from c.4000-2000 BC. This is the best preserved court tomb in the Causeway Coast area. It is named after Andrew Dooey who owned the land. His family granted it to the government in 1975.


It was excavated twice, in 1935 and 1975. It consists of a U-shaped forecourt that leads into a small chamber. Behind the chamber is a cremation passage, containing three pits, one of which held the remains of several individuals. This form of cremation passage is the only one of its type found in Ireland.


During the excavations, archaeologists discovered various artefacts e.g. polished axe heads, flint arrows and decorated pottery. Evidence of cereal seeds were also discovered, implying that early forms of agriculture had been introduced into this region at the time of the burials.


Dooey’s Cairn is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and is accessible to the public.

These four pots were excavated from the Neolithic tomb, known as Dooey's cairn, in Dunloy in County Antrim. Dating to around 2000-4000 BC, Dooey's Cairn is the best preserved court tomb in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Archeologists excavated the tomb in 1935 and in 1975, discovering various artifacts such as polished stone axe heads, flint arrows and numerous pieces of pottery. Such artifacts are often found in ancient graves and are associated with rituals surrounding death and the afterlife. People began to make pottery for the first time during the Neolithic period. Pots were made by coiling clay around to build up a pot shape and then smoothing down the sides. Pottery can provide vital clues about how people lived and can help date a site. This pottery is quite elaborately decorated. Imprints of cereal seeds can be seen, which demonstrates that this area was under cultivation.

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