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Mount Venus

Burial Chamber


I've been at Mount Venus twice before and both times have left feeling puzzled. The massive capstone lies against a single large upright and there has always been precious little else to see due to a riot of vegetation. Doubts persist in the literature as to whether the capstone was ever fully raised or if this was a project begun and then abandoned, a bridge too far so to speak.
I stopped by the tomb today to see if I could clear up some of this confusion for myself. I had hoped that the growth was not as bad as usual given the time of year. I was even optimistic that someone might have cleared around the tomb as the last time I was here somebody had cut the elder tree at the tomb's north end. No such luck, but the new year's growth was only just taking hold and I was able to get a much better view of the monument after a half hour's toil. Brambles, hawthorn, nettles and holly; my unprotected hands are showing the signs.
One of the problems I have in describing this tomb is that I don't know the front from the back, where the supposed portal was, was there ever a doorstone etc. I've always thought of the front of the tomb as being the sloping capstone, the east side/end. I'll use that as a guide.
I had never seen the stone at the front of this image before. I was able to uncover it today. It's almost 4 metres long by a metre wide and looks to have been dressed. What it's purpose was, what part of the structure it belonged to, is beyond me. At the south end of the tomb is a stone with similarities to the one that remains standing. Did this once prop up the south end? I didn't get a good look at it as I had had my fill of bashing brambles back for today.
Right in the centre of the stones is a large hawthorn tree with a parasitic holly tree at its side. A modern pit has been dug around the tree and is filled with plastic and glass bottles. I wondered why this site doesn't have an official fógra beside it. A little time and a chainsaw would expose more of the monument and aid us in knowing a little more about what went on here back in the neolithic. There is more to find out from a survey of the site. I was left feeling slightly less puzzled when I took my leave. I'll be back... with a machete!
ryaner Posted by ryaner
29th April 2007ce
Edited 4th May 2007ce

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