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Cashtal yn Ard

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Cashtal yn Ard is a excellent example of a Neolithic Horned barrow (long barrow) and possible the largest in Britain. The original cairn was approximately 120 feet long and 45 feet wide. Although the outer shell of stones and earth has been removed over the years the skeleton of the structure remains to provide a clear idea of the scale of the original tomb. Meaning ‘Castle of the Heights”, Cashtal yn Ard was originally constructed around 1800 BC – probably for the elite of the tribe. It has five chambers and is very similar in design to the largely intact Belas Knap long barrow in Gloucestershire. It is roughly aligned west to east and featured a large semicircular forecourt at the western end. An entrance portal in the forecourt provided access to the burial chambers. It is located at the summit of the plateau from which there are impressive views of the sea and surrounding countryside. The site is not without its mysteries. For example, the discovery of a strange arrangement of stone slabs near the forecourt has never been explained.

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  • Address: Corna, Glen mona Road, Cornaa, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, IM7 1EX
  • GPS: 54.275444,-4.363322
  • Part of UK: Isle of Man
  • Sat Nav Postcode: IM7 1EX
  • Entrance Fees: Free Entry
  • Disabled Access: Difficult / Rough paths and steep hill
  • Visibility from Road: None

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