Drombeg

Mutliple Stone Circle - Co. Cork

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W 247 352 (Pub.) Diameter 9.5m (Pub.)
Visited Aug 1998

Drombeg is probably the best known Irish multiple stone circle and consequently attracts many visitors. Estimated to have had seventeen stones originally, the same number stand today but three or four stones are much smaller than the height grading demands, these stones may be fragments of the originals. The axial stone stands at the SW and is supposedly aligned on the winter solstice sun setting in a notch in the hillside beyond, you can see this notch in our panoramas, it is not in the centre of the axial stone. The upper surface of the axial stone is very flat and bears two cupmarks and a possible axe-carving. The circle was excavated in 1957-8 and a pit was found near the centre, this contained cremated bone and a large quantity of potsherds.

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