CREGG WEDGE TOMB

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The Cregg Wedge Tomb near Abbey in County Galway is an ancient burial site, and one of the oldest and most mysterious monuments in the county, dating back to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago.

A wedge tomb is a type of megalithic monument that consists of a long, narrow chamber covered by a large capstone and enclosed by smaller stones. The chamber is usually wider and higher at the entrance than at the back, giving it a wedge-shaped appearance. Wedge tombs are mostly found in the west and south of Ireland, especially in counties Cork, Kerry and Clare. They are often associated with the Beaker people, a cultural group that spread across Europe during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age.

Cregg Wedge Tomb is one of the few examples of this type of monument in Galway, and it is located in a scenic and secluded spot. The tomb is surrounded by a mound of earth and stones, which may have been part of a larger cairn or enclosure. Only four stone stumps protrude from the mound, marking the corners of the chamber. The capstone and most of the side stones are missing, probably reused as building material in the past. However, some features of the tomb are still visible, such as the double walling of the chamber and the possible remains of a portico or antechamber at the entrance.

Cregg Wedge Tomb is located on private land, so please seek the landowner’s permission in advance before visiting and respect the owner’s property and do not disturb any livestock. Cregg Wedge Tomb may not be as impressive or well-preserved as some other megalithic monuments in Ireland, but it is still worth a visit for anyone who appreciates ancient history and culture. The tomb is a testament to the skills and beliefs of our ancestors, who built these structures without any modern tools or technology.

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Cregg Wedge Tomb

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