MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
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CLONLUM PORTAL TOMB
CLONLUM PORTAL TOMB, COUNTY ARMAGH
This fine, if somewhat ruined portal tomb, marked on the OS map as ‘Cairn’, is a
small, closed megalithic chamber, set almost centrally within an irregular cairn. The
chamber, 1.75m E-W x 1.12m N-S, consists of two large side-stones which lean
inwards to rest on two smaller stones. Excavations by Evens E. & Davies O. in 1934,
showed that the stones originally stood 1.3m in height. The layers within the chamber
were disturbed & only 2 sherds of pottery (one bearing square-toothed comb
impressions) & a small polished perforated stone bead were found. A capstone covered
the chamber. William C. Borlase in his book, ‘The Dolmens of Ireland’ (1897 - Vol. 1
p. 304), notes the two megalithic tombs in this town-land. He writes “ In the Town-
land of Clonlum, and Parish of Killevy, about one mile and a quarter E. of the summit
of Slieve-Gullion, was a dolmen marked Cromlech in Ord. Surv. Map No. 29 ; also a
second not marked”.
CO-ORDINATES
54 7’ 26.448”N…6 24’ 2.956”W
NISMR :-ARM 029:005
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