Irish Wedge Tombs
Irish wedge tombs
'In Ireland this world and the world we go to after death are not far apart.'
W. B. YEATS.
Wedges are the fourth type of megalithic monument found in Ireland, and are generally thought to be the newest type, dating from the cusp of the neolithic and the Bronze age. Wedges are basically large stone boxes with a sloping roof slab. They are somewhat similar to portal dolmens. Like the other kinds of monuments, they would have originally been covered with a cairn of stones .
One of almost 20 wedges at Parknabinna in the Burren national park in County Clare.
The largest concentrations of wedge monuments are found in the Burren in County Clare and in the southwest region of Cork and Kerry. There are around 400 wedges in Ireland.
Listoghil, or Site 51 at Carrowmore in County Sligo is classed as a passage grave, but could be classified as a wedge or even a dolmen.
The wedge at Deerpark in County Sligo. The massive central court cairn known as Maghernamush is on the hill above.