MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS
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VIKING/NORSE HOG-BACK  BURIAL
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52 54' 36.732"N...6 50' 6.415"W
Located in the ruined Franciscan Abbey in Castledermot, south Kildare,this is the
only example of a Viking/Norse Hog-Back Burial in Ireland. It is a Scandinavian-type
grave-marker that was used at the transitional time between Viking paganism and
Christianity around 800 AD - 1,000 AD and the carvings on top of the stone show this,
with one side having Runic symbols and the other crude Christian crosses. The stone    
itself is some what cigar-shaped in appearance and positioned above the ground by         
small rectangular stones but this may not have been originally the case. The stone
would have been for a Viking lord who had converted to Christianity but still wanted
to appease his Norse deities which is reflected in the carvings. The slab measures 1.8m
in length and is 0.40m in width, tapering to a round shape at both ends.
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VIKING-NORSE HOG BACK BURIAL, COUNTY KILDARE
VIKING-NORSE HOG BACK BURIAL, COUNTY KILDARE