Áth an Charbaill

This large recumbent stone lies in a field close to a minor road. The upper face is covered with cup and circle engravings.


​​​​​​​This stone is located c. 300m W of the Glounshavanowen river on a N facing slope overlooking the valley of the Owenalondrig river. A number of slab-lined graves have been recorded in the immediate vicinity to N and W (KE054-022---- and KE054-020----).

Enclosed within a small fenced area distinct from rest of field and accessed by a stile from trackway at ESE. Good views of Glounshavanowen River valley NW-N-E. A smooth and fractured sandstone having an irregular decorated surface (dims. 3.50m NW-SE; 1.60m NE-SW) with an obvious SE-facing aspect.

The decorative elements are in excellent condition and are primarily concentrated upon the lower portion of the rock face. They include four substantial cup-and-three-ring motifs (overall diam. 48cm; ring Wth 3-3.5cm; D 3cm; cup diam. 8 cm; D 12mm), three of which are incomplete, having a gap in the outer ring. Two partial cup-and-two-ring motifs, having a gap in the outer ring, are situated adjacent to the larger motifs. Three cup-and-ring motifs, two of which have a gap in the ring, are also located in and around the larger motifs.


​​​​​​​Approximately thirty-three cupmarks (diam. 5cm; D 3-5mm) are located across the decorated surface, again concentrated amongst the larger motifs. One of the partial cup-and-two ring motifs, one cup-and-ring motif and a cupmark have short radial grooves. The above note was compiled by: Alison McQueen and Vera Rahilly, and is from the www.archaeology.ie website.

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