The Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb is an ancient monument and one of the best-preserved examples of a wedge-shaped gallery grave, a type of megalithic tomb that was built during the Neolithic Age, between 2500 and 2000 BC.

A wedge-shaped gallery grave is a type of stone chamber that was used to bury the dead in prehistoric times. The chamber has a wedge-shaped plan, with the entrance at the wider end and the back wall at the narrower end. The chamber is usually covered by a large roof-stone, which rests on the side-stones and the back-stone. The chamber may be surrounded by a cairn, a mound of stones and earth, or by a kerb, a ring of stones that defines the edge of the monument.

Wedge-shaped gallery graves are found mainly in Ireland, where they are also known as wedge tombs or simply wedges. They are also found in parts of Britain and France. They are usually oriented towards the west or southwest, possibly aligned with the setting sun or the moon. They may have been used for communal burials, as some of them contain multiple skeletons and cremated remains.

The Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb is located near Kinvara, a picturesque seaside village in Galway. It is situated on the Doorus Peninsula, which offers stunning views of Galway Bay and the Burren. The tomb is easily accessible by road and has a signpost and an information board.

The tomb consists of a simple chamber, measuring 2.5 meters by 1.3 meters, with sides and back formed of single stones. The chamber is covered by an enormous roof-stone, which measures 2.4 meters in length, 2.1 meters in width and 0.3 meters in depth. There is a huge amount of cairn material, nearly 1 meter in depth, on top of the roof-stone and it is supported by two large side-stones (one on each side) and an equally large back-stone at NE. There is some evidence of a gallery in front of the NW side-stone but none on the SW side.

The tomb is remarkable for its size and state of preservation. It is one of the largest and most intact wedge tombs in Ireland, and it has not been disturbed by modern farming or vandalism. It is also one of the few wedge tombs that still retains its original cairn material, which gives it a distinctive appearance.

The tomb is a testament to the engineering skills and cultural beliefs of the Neolithic people who built it. It shows how they were able to manipulate large stones and create complex structures without metal tools or machinery. It also reflects their connection to the landscape and the cosmos, as they chose a prominent location and aligned their tomb with the celestial bodies.

The Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb is open to the public and free to visit. There is a small parking area near the tomb, where you can leave your car and walk up to the monument.

The tomb is best visited during daylight hours, when you can appreciate its size and shape. You can also enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding countryside and Galway Bay from the tomb. You can take photos of the tomb, but please do not touch or climb on it, as it is a protected national monument.

If you are interested in learning more about the history and archaeology of the tomb, you can read the information board that is located near the parking area. The Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb is a hidden gem and a rare example of a Neolithic monument that has survived for thousands of years and still retains its original features.


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Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb



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