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Portal Tombs -  Monuments of County Clare

The oldest archaeological monuments in Ireland are megalithic (large-stone) tombs, in which the remains of our remote ancestors were buried together with pottery and items of flint, stone and bone. There are four main classes of megalithic tombs but the oldest two, dating mainly from c. 4000 to 3000 BC, are the portal tombs and the court tombs. Portal tombs have been so named because two tall portal stones flanked the entrance to the chamber.

Photos of portal tombs in Clare

Map of the portal tombs of Clare

  Poulbnabrone Portal Tomb
Poulbnabrone Portal Tomb

[Ballycasheen] Portal tomb

[Clogher (Kilnoe)] Portal tomb

[Moyree Commons] Portal tomb

[Poulnabrone] Portal tomb


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