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Submitted by Anthony_Weir on Monday, 14 October 2002  Page Views:

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb Alternative Name: Cloughananca 1
Country: Ireland (Northern) County: Co. Antrim Type: Portal Tomb
Nearest Town: Ballycastle  Nearest Village: Cushendun
Map Ref: D1998036750
Discoverer Map Number: D5
Latitude: 55.163351N  Longitude: 6.118187W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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LittleDragon visited on 1st Sep 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 BEWARE: situated in a midge infested area (in September at least) don't visit it in the evening. Interesting site, the dolmens lie below ground level in a ditch, presumably due to the build up of peat on the moorland. The collapsed structure features a very large capstone (much larger than the standing dolmen) around 3x3.5 metres and up to 1m thick, I very roughly estimated it at 15 tonnes using the density of sandstone at 2.3 tonnes per cubic metre. Looking at the fallen stones beneath the capstone, it appears this would have been almost double the width of the standing dolmen at the site with a chamber around 2m across beneath the capstone.

Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb
Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb submitted by Anthony_Weir : Scan of colour slide from the 1970/80s (Vote or comment on this photo)
Portal Tomb in Co. Antrim

A pair of portal-tombs lie about 20 metres apart. The westernmost tomb is a fine example, with a large capstone about 3 metres across. and a sill-stone. One side-stone is missing. The portal stones are 1.5 metres high. Between this tomb and the second, which has collapsed under the weight of its capstone, traces of the cairn which contained them both can still be seen.

NI Monument 799

~ 500 metres S of Loughaveema (The Vanishing Lake) and 50 m E of the main road, are the remains of a wedge-tomb whose cairn measures roughly 8 by 10 metres and which faces SW. The chamber is 3 x 0.9 metres and has a septal slab. There may be remains of an antechamber.
~ 2 km NE is Carnanmore hilltop passage-tomb.
~ 4.4 km ESE is Altagore cashel (stone fort) whose roughly-circular wall survives to a height of 3 metres, enclosing an area 15 metres across. There are traces of steps leading up to what was probably a terrace.
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Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb
Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb submitted by durhamnature : Old drawing from Ulster Naturalists via archive.org (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Re: Ballyvennaght Portal Tomb by Ptarmigan on Wednesday, 12 April 2017
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Visited this site today at NW386936 - 55.167575 x -6.1059053 but only found a collapsed tomb. I'll post the photos I took today, in the hope that this can be identified as the same site, or ruled out. Dick
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