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Breeny More Stone Circle
Native name
Irish: Liagchiorcal na mBruíne Móra
Type axial stone circle
Location Breeny More, Kealkill,
County Cork, Ireland
Elevation 134 m (440 ft)
Height 2.42 m (8 feet)
Built 1500–1000 BC
Owner Office of Public Works
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Breeny More Stone Circle & boulder burials
Reference no. 450

Breeny More Stone Circle is an axial stone circle and National Monument located in County Cork, Ireland.

Location

Breeny More Stone Circle is situated 1 km (0.62 mi) southeast of Kealkill, overlooking Bantry Bay to the west. Another stone circle lies 175 m (574 ft) to the northeast.

History

Boulder burials of this type are believed to date from the middle Bronze Age, i.e. 1500–1000 BC. The toponym is from the Irish brúine móra, "great dwellings of the fairies."

Description

This is a stone circle with four boulder burials. The circle has two entrance stones and an axial stone, with a main axis measuring 14 m (46 ft). It has a southeast-northwest axis, facing the rising sun.

A "boulder burial" is a single large boulder sitting on three or four support stones; the term was coined by Seán Ó Nualláin in the 1970s. They are generally found in the southwest, and associated with standing stones and stone circles; some dispute that there were ever burial sites, as no human remains have ever been recovered.

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