Aghnaskeagh Cairns facts for kids
|Carna Áth na Sceach|
County Louth, Ireland
|Founded||c. 4000–2500 BC|
|Archaeologists||Emyr Estyn Evans|
Aghnaskeagh Cairns are located 2.1 km (1.3 mi) south of Slieve Foy, to the west of the N1.
History and archaeology
The two cairns may have been connected by a gallery.
The northern cairn is a dolmen (portal tomb) with the capstone missing. Two portal stones (2.8 m / 9 ft high) and a back stone remain. Six Bronze Age cist burials were later added. Archeologists found potsherds, cremated bone, food vessels and a blue glass bead on the site, as well as the remains of blackberries under one of the cists, presumably as grave-goods.
The southern cairn is a chambered cairn with four cists at the eastern end. Excavations revealed cremated bone, potsherds and scrapers. A burial was also made here in the early Christian era.
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