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Ireland - Co.Longford - Aughnacliffe Dolmen.

The Midlands of Ireland are often overlooked by tourists on their way to the more dramatic scenery in the West of the country. However, those who take time to check this area out will find many dramatic sights. The Village of Aughnacliffe in County Longford is home to the Aughnacliffe Dolmen. The dolmen gives the townland its name “The Field of the Stones”. These tombs are thought to be places used for burial, ritual and religious activities. Dating from 3800BC this is quite possibly the most unusual looking dolmen in Ireland. On your approach to the dolmen it looks as though someone has been balancing huge stones one on top of the other. As you go around the portal tomb the form and shape appears completely different from each side. This monument is also unusual in that it has two capstones or roofstones, as similar portal tombs and dolmens typically have only one.

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