wedge tomb

Labbacallee wedge tomb

Labbacallee wedge tomb (Leaba Caillighe in Irish, meaning The Hag's Bed) is a large pre-historic burial monument, located 8km (5 miles) north-west of Fermoy and 2km (1.25 miles) south-east of Glanworth, County Cork, Ireland. It is the largest Irish wedge tomb. (Grid Ref: 770 020, Latitude: 52.169838N Longitude: 8.336886W)

Features

The site has three large capstones which slope downwards towards the back, the largest being 780cm long and weighing 10 tonnes. The gallery below is made up of a large rectangular chamber, with a small one behind it, divided by a slab. The gallery is triple-walled, buttressed at the back by three slabs set parallel to the axis of the tomb. To the front of the gallery are the remains of a large rectangular, unroofed, antechamber, which is wider than the gallery and separated from it by a large slab. Outside this there was a further row of stones running off at an angle, but few of the original stones remain.

Excavations

In 1934 excavations revealed a number of inhumations, fragments of a late Stone Age decorated pot, and fragments of bone and stone. Local folklore associates the site with the Celtic Hag-Goddess Cailleach Bheur, and when during the excavations the site was found to contain the remains of a woman. Although the body had been positioned within the tomb, her skull was found outside of it.

References

  • Noonan, Damien (2001). "Castles & Ancient Monuments of Ireland", Arum Press. ISBN 1 8541 0752 6

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