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ASHLEYPARK LINKARDSTOWN BURIAL
ASHLEYPARK LINKARDSTOWN TOMB, COUNTY TIPPERARY
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
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This Linardstown Burial Tomb, is situated on the NW shoulder of an E-W ridge in
good open farmland. The round mound, is encircled by two low, wide banks with
internal ditches, giving an overall diameter of 90m. The chamber is trapezoidal in plan,
5m in length, narrows from 2.3m in width at the SE, to 1.3m at the open NW end and is
centrally placed within the cairn. It was built around a limestone erratic that serves as
a floorstone and the sides of the chamber are formed by inward-leaning slabs, three to
the NE and two to the SW. Two stones form the inner end of the structure. There is a
stone at right angles to the SW side of the chamber, 1.2m from the inner end. The inner
end of the structure is roofed by a number of slabs and served as a burial chamber. The
site was exavated by Manning in 1985  and the skeletal remains of an adult male and a
child were found here along with a variety of animal bones, a bone point, some chert
flakes and Neolithic pottery with channelled decoration. Radiocarbon dating indicates
a calandar date of 3,350 BC for the burials in the chamber.
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52 56' 3.007"N...8 11' 20.381"W