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Browneshill Dolmen, Carlow

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The Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of Carlow, in County Carlow, Ireland. It lies just off the R726 regional road and is clearly visible from the road. The capstone at Brownshill, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. The tomb is listed as a National Monument.NameOfficially known as the Kernanstown Cromlech, it is also spelled as Browneshill Dolmen. It is sited on a hill on which sits the former estate house of the Browne family from which the hill takes its name.HistoryIt was built between 4000 and 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit the island. It is also known as Brownshill Portal Tomb, so-called because the entrance to the burial chamber was flanked by two large upright stones (orthostats) supporting the granite capstone, or roof, of the chamber. The capstone is thought to have been covered by an earthen mound and a gate stone blocked the entrance. At Brownshill both portal stones and the gate-stone are still in situ; the capstone lies on top of the portals and gate-stone and slopes to the ground away from the entrance. Not much additional information is available on Brownshill because it has never been excavated. A fourth upright stands close by and could be the remains of a forecourt. The extent of the chamber cannot be determined.
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  • The amazing Brownshill Dolmen has a granite capstone weighing over 100 tonnes, said to be the largest of its kind in Europe. The massive capstone rests on two portal stones, with human remains buried ...  read more »
  • My family made an unplanned visit to The Dolmen on Sunday afternoon. It was worth the walk to which was short and winding. The Dolmen is breathtaking when you are at it .It stirred much family convers...  read more »
  • It was the first time that I saw a dolmen and history buffs. The livadi where it is located is a delightful place, won't you get multi hour visitation
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