Altar Wedge Tomb..

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On the Beara Peninsula, Ireland, This tomb was first erectedat the end of the Stone Age round 3,000 to 2,000 BC, with it's entrance deliberately facing the distant Mizen Peak.
Archaeologists recently uncovered some burnt human bone which they radiocarbon dated to about 2,000 BC and believe the tomb continued to be used as a sacred site in the centuries that followed. Shallow pits, probably for food offerings, were dug into the chamber floor in the later Bronze Age (between 1,250 and 550 BC) and Celtic Iron Age people filled a pit with sea-shells and fish bones sometime between 124 and 224 AD. Whale bones were also found from this period.
The ritual use of this site ended with the arrival of Christianity, but it was briefly resumed during the 18th century when the tomb was used as an altar by priests who were forbidden by law to say mass in their churches..

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  • dp *

    dp * gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    interesting read, cool structure and photo.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    Very interesting info!! Wonderful shot!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    The fine grasses with the stones is a beautiful combination; great narrative, too.

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    Excellent photo essay, well done.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (10 Jul 2010):

    Beautiful, Eithne, and thank you so much for the story

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (10 Jul 2010):

    Interesting to see this together with the one from Egypt (

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    Looks like a rabbit.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    LOL @ John (my thought is more like an elephant in a waterhole). Wonderful photo and interesting narrative.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    What an interesting history lesson and image...John said it looked like a rabbit and I can see that in this image but I also see what reminds me of a toad stool on the other side:)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    I am enjoying this very much, Eithne. Thanks for the good info, too.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    such mystery......have always been fascinated by stones and their energy. Monumental image ~ !!! :)

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (10 Jul 2010):

    Lovely Eithne.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    Great shot and thanks for the background info...

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    GREAT image of a fascinating structure, and thank you also for the background information.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2010):

    Beautiful, Eithne.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (11 Jul 2010):

    A beautiful image and interesting narrative. Thanks for sharing...

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Truly fascinating. Thanks so much for the info.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    I really like this and the history you provided! Nice work, Eithne!

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