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Beaghmore Stone Circles

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The Beaghmore stone circles and cairns date back to the late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods around 2,000-1,200 BC. They were discovered quite recently in or arround 1942 and their magnitude went largely unnoticed due to the disruption caused by WWII. What makes these prehistoric monuments so important is the sheer scale of the complex. It features seven low stone circles of varying sizes, six of which are paired. There are also twelve cairns and ten megalithic rows integrated into the overall layout. One of the circles is highly unusual as it has 800 smaller stones erected inside its perimeter. These have come to be known as the Dragon’s Teeth. So far more than 1,250 specific stones have been identified making it one of the largest formations of its kind. The largest cairn was found to contain the branch from an oak tree. Archaeologists believe that only a portion of the total site has been revealed. Bones, fireplaces, flint tools, burial cists and a broken porcellanite axe are some of the artefacts recovered during excavations that took place in 1947 and again in 1965. The site is believed to have been associated with burials and religious ceremonies but, as with many other stone circles in Britain, this is based on informed guesswork and deduction. It has been used as a location for filming the BBC’s television programme – Stargazing Live. The site is located near Cookstown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is in the care of the Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Service.

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Downpatrick Road, Killyleagh
Co Down, Northern Ireland, BT30 9TZ
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  • Address: Blackrock Rd, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT80 9PA
  • GPS: 54.70149167,-6.938813889
  • Part of UK: Northern Ireland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: BT80 9PA
  • Entrance Fees: Free entry
  • Disabled Access: Reasonable but across unpaved paths
  • Visibility from Road: Good

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