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ANNAGHMARE COURT TOMB
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This well preserved Court Tomb was excavated in 1963-4. Annaghmare, also known as
'The Black Castle', is the most westerly of a group of monuments around Slieve
Gullion. It is a single-court tomb and consists of an enclosing cairn that is trapezoidal
in plan, 20m in length, 11.75m in width at south, narrowing to 6.5m across the north
and 2m in height. The sides are defined by a revetment of orthostats with dry-stone
walling in between. The south-facing horse-shoe forecourt is defined by a facade of
large orthostats alternating with sections of good dry-walling. Two portal stones mark
the entrance to the gallery, 7m in length and divided into three chambers by pairs of
jamb stones. Two lateral chambers at the north end of the cairn were built later than
the rest of the tomb, and have independent entrances, entered from the side of the
cairn.. The stone mound surrounding this gallery was later extended to enclose these
further burial chambers. Annaghmare is one of the best built of all the court-tombs in
Ulster and high quality masonry can be seen in the horizontal drystone walling between
the uprights. Careful excavations in 1963-64 produced the inhumed remains of two
individuals and the cremated bones of two more, along with late Neolithic pottery,
flints tools and teeth, which probably belonged to a bear.
ANNAGHMRE COURT TOMB, COUNTY ARMAGH
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54 6 5.72"N...6 36' 58.76"W