'Cashelbane Cairn' : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefC 517 013
Longitude7° 11' 41.61" W
Latitude54° 51' 24.27" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClaudy (6.7 Km)
OS Sheet7
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th July 2002

There are two wedge tombs in Loughash. This one which is quite lovely and the other one which is quite ugly. Guess which one is under state protection!

Back to this tomb. It is a very unusual one. It appears to be a cross over hybrid from wedge-tomb to court-tomb. I have classed it as a wedge because it's most distinctive features today are wedge-like.

You can easily make out the split portico entrance and determine the gallery. What seems like the middle of the gallery still retains a roofslab, but this is in fact the rear. There are two subsidary chambers built behind the main gallery. To the front are several stones that do not seem to fit in with the rest of the monument - this is because they are the remains of a small court.

The cairn was a fairly huge one. The traces that remain indicate that it was at least 18m across. The gallery (excluding court but including rear chambers) is 8m long.

Supposedly there is a stone circle just 200m SE of this tomb, but all we found whilst looking for it were wild raspberries - I'll settle for those.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

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