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Loch A Dúin- Featuring The Giants Grave/Wedge Tomb

DISTANCE 5.183 miles
HILLS View Profile
475 ft (46%)
475 ft (49%)
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Loch A Dúin- Featuring The Giants Grave/Wedge Tomb

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We will begin with a self-guiding walk in a valley with an archaeological treasure chest. At Kilmore Cross, at the bottom of the Conor Pass, near Cloghane, is a valley called Lochadun (The Lake of the Fort).This valley contains a remarkable number of monuments from the Bronze Age farming on the Dingle Peninsula. There are over 89 stone structures, many dating from 2,500BC. Including wedge tombs, standing stones, rock art, fulach fia, a fortified island and over 12 km of prehistoric pre-bog field walls dating to c. 1,300 BC. The valley is also of interest to bird watchers, botanists, and geologists.

Recently (2017) a link was discovered by Daithi O'Conaill between the Bronze Age Wedge Tomb and the equinoctial cycle. Daithi spent 15 years surveying the wedge tomb dated to approximately 2500BC with traces of decorative rock art - for evidence of equinoctial cycle.

Equinoctial sunsets occur twice a year - once in Spring (around March 21) and once in Autumn (September 21) when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness

If you are lucky to have clear skys on these dates as the sun sets a shard of light hits the inside of the tomb.



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