|BALLYNAHATTY PASSAGE TOMB
( THE GIANT'S RING )
|PHOTO by Pip POWELL
|This is a henge monument, 180m in diameter, enclosed by a bank and inner ditch, with
a megalithic tomb east of its centre. Excavation in 1954 showed that the bank is made
of gravel, boulders and clay, taken from a shallow scoop in the interior. It is unknown
which of the several breaks in the bank are original. The burial chamber is a polygonal
space surrounded by 5 large stones, covered by a huge capstone and it is probably the
remains of a passage tomb. It is part of a ritual complex in this area, including cists,
barrows and a huge timber enclosure with structures and burials to the NW.
The monument is known locally as 'The Giant's Ring'.