Goward Dolmen

Hilltown, United Kingdom

Goward Dolmen is a megalithic dolmen or cromlech situated between Hilltown and Castlewellan The huge granite capstone has slipped from its original horizontal position. The capstone is 4m long and 3m wide, with an estimated weight of 50 tons. The capstone has shifted sideways on its supporting uprights, possibly due to the collapse of the backstone, and now overhangs the chamber on its north side. The unsegmented burial chamber is 9 feet long with an entrance on the east, flanked by orthostats which could be the remains of a crescent shaped facade. Its largest stone is the enormous capstone which has fallen sideways, revealing the megalithic chamber it once covered, in which a cremation urn and a flint arrowhead were found in 1834. Stones standing independently at the eastern side of the monument suggest that it may once have had a forecourt facade like a court-tomb.



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Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Brian Hannon (2 years ago)
A hidden gem in the heart of Mourne Country yet not far from the main roads between Hilltown and Newcastle There is a rough road right to the dolmen so no need to dismount or walk.
Andrew McLaren (2 years ago)
One of the best ones I saw on my visit. Road goes right up to it so it's easy to access.
Maurice Milligan (2 years ago)
Tricky to get to if you aren't familiar with the area. The road to the site is rough and awkward - take your time. Well worth it when you are there though. A very impressive feat of engineering however it was managed and an atmospheric site on a good day. We visited on a freezing February day with changeable weather and light and didn't stay long. Better for a spring/summer day.
Old Warrenpoint (3 years ago)
Well preserved site only downside is the very poor condition of the road leading to it. Also signage could be a bit better you need to keep your eyes open or you could drive past the road.
Garry (3 years ago)
Nearly pre dates the Great Pyramids.
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