Mick Bourke

Poulnabrone dolmen the Burren, County Clare, Ireland.

Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning "hole of the quern stones"is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland.The dolmen consists of a twelve-foot, thin, slab-like, tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, which lift the capstone 1.8 m (6 ft) from the ground, creating a chamber in a 9 m (30 ft) low cairn. The cairn helped stabilize the tomb chamber, and would have been no higher during the Neolithic. The entrance faces north and is crossed by a low sill stone.With its dominating presence on the limestone landscape of the Burren, the tomb was likely a centre for ceremony and ritual until well into the Celtic period or it may have served as a territorial marker in the Neolithic landscape.

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