MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
  OF IRELAND.COM
BALLYNAHATTY PASSAGE TOMB
( THE GIANT'S RING )
BALLYNAHATTY PASSAGE TOMB, THE GIANT'S RING, COUNTY DOWN
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
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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'.