Archaeology 360: Temple of Deen Court Tomb, Co Donegal
Court tombs are typically composed of a stone-built burial chamber, paired with an open courtyard (hence the name). Built during the 4th millennium BC, around 390 examples survive in Ireland [Wiki]. The example at Larahirrel, outside the village of Bocan, is pretty well preserved with an identifiable court and chamber stones surviving in situ, even if most of the cairn material is long gone. The surviving upright stones are spectacular and the windswept hilltop it sits on gives impressive views across the countryside in all directions.
I didn’t visit during the nicest weather, but you can still get a sense of the great views across the landscape as well as the beauty of the site itself.
I’ve compiled the tour into a consecutive YouTube playlist [here], or you can access each video clip individually here:
Part I: Outside, to the SW [1:16]
Part III: Inside the court [1:23]
Part IV: Outside, to the N [1:03]
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