Clontygora Cairn

This court tomb, locally known as the King’s Ring, is badly damaged – some of its stones are said to have been used to build the Newry Canal – but it is still very impressive.

The U-shaped forecourt, defined by tall stones, led into a gallery of probably three chambers. The chambers are built of very large stones with some roofing slabs still in position, but little cairn material survives. Excavation in 1937 disentangled the monument from later field walls and found cremated bone, flints, Neolithic pottery, and Bronze Age pottery in a secondary context.

Source credit: Communities NI

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