CREGDOTIA WEDGE TOMB
The Cregdotia Wedge Tomb near the village of Cong is a ruinous megalithic tomb that dates back to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, around 3000-2000 BC. It is one of the many wedge tombs that can be found in Ireland, which are characterized by their wedge-shaped chambers and cairns.
The Cregdotia Wedge Tomb is located in a boggy and remote area, so you will need good boots and a sense of adventure to get there. The tomb consists of a gallery that is about 5 metres long, divided into two chambers by a jamb on the south side. The forward chamber is filled with debris, while the rear chamber has been opened by splitting the roof-stone. The entrance is marked by a lintel stone over two door stones, and the rear is closed by a single slab. The walls are made of large limestone slabs, and there is no evidence of a portico or an outer cairn.
The tomb is not well preserved or signposted, but it still offers a glimpse into the ancient past of Galway and its people. It is also situated in a scenic and peaceful location, surrounded by nature and wildlife. You can enjoy the views of the nearby mountains and lakes, and imagine how the tomb was used for burial rituals and ceremonies thousands of years ago.
The Cregdotia Wedge Tomb is a hidden gem and part of Galway’s rich heritage and culture, and a testament to the skills and beliefs of its prehistoric inhabitants.
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