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Ballymacdermott Court Tomb
Commanding fine views to the east, this three-chambered tomb is entered from a shallow, west-facing forecourt of small and medium-sized stones. The structure is, unusually, still nearly covered in cairn material. It has 3 chambers separated by jams. The larger central chamber shows evidence of the roof being of corbelled construction.
Neolithic Tombs or Cairns
There are four main types of neolithic (new stone age) tombs, common all over Europe. They are built with large stones, known as megaliths. Ireland contains almost half of all the megalithic tombs in the British Isles. The four types are Court Tombs, Portal Tombs, Passage Tombs and Wedge Tombs. There are no Wedge Tombs in County Armagh.
These Tombs have three basic elements
Of the 391 court tombs in Ireland almost all are north of a line from Sligo to Carlingford.
Also called Dolmens - meaning 'tables', Portal Tombs comprise a single chamber constructed from three large upright stones - 'orthostats' and a capstone. The two largest stones formed the entrance, (hence the name 'portal') with a smaller stone to balance the sloped capstone. In the past these tombs would have been enclosed in a mound of earth.
A central burial chamber, which may have several smaller chambers leading from it is connected to the outside by a passage. The whole is covered by a, mainly round, stone or earth cairn, ringed by 'kerbstones'.