Althore in County Mayo, Connacht, Ireland — Irish West
Srahwee or Altóir Megalithic Wedge Tomb
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail site 13
—Slí Seandálaíochta Chuan Módh —
Sraith Bhuí – The Yellow River Land
This is one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland. This particular example is a wedge tomb, so-called because of its shape, wider and higher at the entrance and gradually tapering towards the rear. This type of tomb dates to the beginning of the Bronze Age (about 2,000 BC), when there was a final flourish of tomb building in Ireland.
The flat roof stone was used as an altar during Penal times, giving the tomb its local name, Altóir, meaning altar. It has a primitive incised cross at the upper surface at the south-eastern end.
Look 100 metres south-west of the tomb to see one of the best examples of an ancient forest to be seen in the country. The stumps of these 4,500 year old trees can be seen in the cutaway bog in and around the lake.
Sraith Bhuí nó Altóir
Seo ceann de na tuamaí meigiliteacha is fearr in Éirinn. Is sampla de thuama dingeach é an ceann áirithe seo, a ainmnítear mar gheall ar a chruth, é níos leithne agus níos airde ag an mbealach isteach agus ag caolú isteach i dtreo a dheiridh. Tógadh an cineál seo tuama ag tús na Cré-Umhaoise (thart ar 2000 BC), nuair a bhí an borradh deiridh faoi thógáil tuamaí in Éirinn.
Baineadh úsáid as an díon cothrom cloiche mar altóir le linn na bPéindlithe, agus is as sin
Má bhreathnaítear 100 méadar siar ó dheas ón tuama, tá ceann de na samplaí is fearr in Éirinn d’fhoraois ársa le feiceáil sa lagphortach agus sa loch.
Erected by Mayo County Council, South West Mayo, and Comhoail Oileáin.
Location. 53° 42.374′ N, 9° 49.516′ W. Marker is in Althore, Connacht, in County Mayo. Touch for map. Marker is about 1.5 kilometers WNW of the R335 road intersection at Cregganbaun.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); Bunlahinch Clapperbridge (approx. 4.4 kilometers away); 1849 Famine Walk (approx. 5.3 kilometers away); Famine Museum and Granuaile Centre, Louisburgh (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); Lime Kiln, Moneen, (approx. 7.1 kilometers away); Murrisk Abbey / National Famine Monument / Statue of St Patrick (approx. 14.7 kilometers away); National Famine Memorial (approx. 14.7 kilometers away); Murrisk Friary / Mainistir Mhuraisce (approx. 14.8 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Clew Bay Archaeological Trail (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
2. Wedge Tombs. (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
3. Wedge Tombs. (Submitted on February 28, 2010.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Man-Made Features •
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