Knockraheen (Lackaduv)

Five Stone Circle, Radial-Stone Cairn, and Stone Row - Co. Cork

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Visited  July 1998

Also known as Lackaduv, Knockraheen is a complex site comprising a stone circle, radial cairn and at least one stone row. The circle itself is a small five stone Irish recumbent, the stones are low, their heights in the range 0.6 - 0.9m dropping down towards the axial stone. The circle has a NE-SW alignment with an internal axial length of 4m.
Around 23m SW of the circle is a stone row, or strictly speaking, a standing stone pair. The stones stand just over a metre apart  with their flat faces aligned NE-SW on the stone circle. The stones are of quartzite, the NE stone 1.05m tall, and the SW stone 1.25m tall.
70m SE of the stone circle is a radial-stone cairn, a low circular cairn of stones with a series of radially aligned stones set within the cairn and protruding from it. The Knockraheen cairn has a diameter of around 7.5m and is around 1m high, it has six to seven radial stones which are between 0.2m and 0.7m tall. The cairn is surrounded by a ditch and external bank giving the entire monument an overall diameter of 18m.
Radial-stone Carins are quite rare monuments, only nine others being known in Ireland as of 1998 (see also Kealkill and Knocknakilla).  Burl (1), has speculated that these cairns are Irish versions of the Scottish ring-cairns, in Scotland the cairns are edged with a continuous kerb of upright slabs or boulders, whereas in the Cork and Kerry region the cairns have the "kerbs" protruding from their sides "like the ratchets of a cog-wheel". Radial-stone cairns are currently thought to be burial monuments of Bronze Age date (2).

1. Burl A. From Carnac to Callanish: the prehistoric stone rows and avenues of Britian, Ireland and Brittany, p.192, Yale University Press, 1993, Newhaven & London.
2. O'Nuallain S, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 114, p.63-79, 1984.

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