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Megalithic Wedge Tomb

Site Number
Mayo 096 02201

National Grid Reference
079540 East
274470 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series, 37

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Shrawee Megalithic Wedge Tomb (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)

Wedge tombs are the most widespread of the megalithic tomb types found in Ireland. The one here at Srahwee is one of the best preserved examples in the country. Wedge tombs are so called because of their wedge shaped plan, wider at the entrance and gradually tapering towards the rear (Corlett, 2000). Despite representing around a third of the total of megalithic tombs, the number of sites excavated is relatively small and only a few of these have produced finds (O'Kelly, 1995). Thus, knowledge of burial practice is scant but cremation seems to predominate. Unburnt bone has been found in the same chamber as cremated bone (Waddell, 1998). The flat roof of the Srahwee tomb was used as an altar during penal times and indeed has a primitive incised cross on the upper surface at the south-eastern end (Corlett, 2000). The tomb is therefore referred to locally as altóir (Morahan, 2001)

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