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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

ABC Wednesday - D for Dolmen



A Dolmen is a megalithic tomb found in Ireland that dates back to around 2000 BC.



This is the Poulnabrone Dolmen found on the Burren in the west of Ireland not far from Galway City.

The word Burren derives from boireann which means " rocky land " in Gaelic. It is basically a wild barren limestone plateau in northwest County Clare.

22 comments:

leslie said...

Wow! I've never heard of those before. It reminds me a bit of our natives' inukshuk, which Vancouver has adopted as our logo for the 2010 Olympics. Naturally, most of us had never heard of those, either, before then. Interesting post. :D

RuneE said...

These megalithic dolmens are impressive. Two years ago I visited Newgrange. I really got the impression of ages looking down on me.

Ackworth Born said...

I've heard about Dolmen but don't remember every actually seeing one till now.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

This DOLMEN are so very interesting! what a great found for ABC, thank you for showing this,

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Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Wow, great! Lovely photo of a VERY special choice!

Texas Travelers said...

This was great. I learned something new today. Love the photo.

Nice "D" today.
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ellen b said...

Well I've learned some new things and also found something to look out for if I ever am blessed to visit Ireland. Thank you...

Liz said...

Very interesting. Blogging is very educational!

photowannabe said...

Totally fascinating. The dolmens are so impressive. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

My fondest wish is to travel to Ireland someday. I'd love to see that in person!

babooshka said...

I know L bout the Dolmen. Long before my other haf was a cartoonist he got he woud recite his geoogy degree and maters envir. at me using the the dolmen a lot. Good choice.

CaBaCuRl said...

Thanks for opening my eyes to something new. It is a magnificent structure, and its location sounds perfect!!

magiceye said...

a very interesting post..

Check out the Desilting in Mumbai here

Bear Naked said...

I have learned something new today.
I never heard about Dolmens before.
Thank you for the lesson.

Bear((( )))

Aileni said...

Good choice.
I think I get tunnel vision when seeking subjects then everyone reminds me of things I could use.

Gary said...

Very impressive - I love factual and educational posts.

Great choice for D.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Old Wom Tigley said...

It saddens me that a great many of these tombs were lost for ever in the last few centuries for the use of the stone... but this one is a cracker for sure.. and you captured the beauty of it so well.

Denise said...

Well we learn so much every day, except on a Wednesday when we learn so much more. Great post. Although we have been to Ireland we've never seen this....something to look out for when we go again.

nonizamboni said...

Ahh, Irish antiquity at its finest. That is a perfect D post..thanks for sharing!

Tommy V said...

I learned something new today. Great D

Gemma said...

I went to this place. My daughter and I looked all over the burren for it....driving down the wrong roads. Finally got there and the odometer of the rental car said 444.4 miles.

中島 彰信 said...

There is also such dolmen in Japan. I think all over the world was connected since growing old anciently.

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