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BALLYBRIEST WEDGE TOMB
BALLYBRIEST WEDGE TOMB, COUNTY DERRY
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
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Located on level moorland of peat & gravel with a quarry face close by at NW & with
panoramic views SW-W-NW-N.This tomb consists of a gallery of side walls & 2
capstones still in situ, with a possibly 3rd to W. The tomb is orientated WSW & there is
one portal stone in situ at S, 0.75m high. No cairn material or outer walling is visible.
The 2 capstones are 1.2 & 1.05m long respectively. The tomb is very similar to another
nearby wedge tomb, Ldy 045:002. Due to threat from a nearby quarry, this tomb was
completely excavated in 1997, the stones removed and it has since been reconstructed at
the An Creggan Centre. Excavation revealed that the capped portion of the tomb, or
burial chamber, contained a substantial layer of charcoal and burnt bone, within
which were found large numbers of sherds of Beaker pottery from at least three pots.
The remains of another small Beaker pot were found in the 'ante-chamber' near the
mouth of the burial chamber. Around the tomb were uncovered a kerb, the remains of a
cairn, a stone-lined trough and a cobbled and kerbed platform. The uprights of the
tomb were found to have been erected in a purposely dug pit which was backfilled prior
to the positioning of the two capstones.