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Baur South

Wedge Tomb

<b>Baur South</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Ballyvaghan (7km N)
OS Ref (IE):   M223005 / Sheet: 51
Latitude:53° 2' 58.37" N
Longitude:   9° 9' 31.65" W

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Baur South (Cl. 26) Wedge Tomb

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This was confusing. So there are 3 wedge tombs in Baur South townland, one of which is recorded as Cl. 26 in the Survey of the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland, and there is one wedge tomb in Baur North townland, recorded as Cl 25.

The tomb with the co-ordinates of the main site here is one of those that is unrecorded in the Survey. It's the tomb that was visited by Carl, and by myself. I've uploaded two not-very good shots of it.

The tomb depicted here by Bogman, CianMcLiam and Megaman is Cl. 26., the tomb with a mini-tomb within its chamber. I didn't make it to that one today, but I did make it to the small, ruined one that is at the bottom of the farmtrack that Carl mentions in his fieldnotes.

Baur North, which I've seen mistaken for the barn-side tomb, can also wait for another day.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
31st July 2019ce
Edited 31st July 2020ce

Visited 20.5.11
Eventually managed to find this Wedge Tomb – but only just
Following the directions I had read I found the drive leading to the farm and parked on the verge at the junction. I walked down the drive and saw the barn/shed on the left – no sign of the tomb which was described as being in front of said barn/shed. I walked up and down – nothing. I jumped over the fence and walked all around the barn/shed – again nothing.
As I was about to give up and walk back to the car I saw it; barely visible hidden underneath a large bramble bush and ivy – right next to the drive, immediately in front of the barn/shed. It is against the wall between the two metal field gates.
I kicked the nettles and brambles to one side and was just about able to peer into the chamber.
The chamber was about 3 metres long x 1.5 metres wide x 1 metre high.
At this point the farmer came along in his car, opened the window and said something to me.
What he said I have no idea but as he had a smile on his face I assume he was ok with me on his land? The funny thing is, he was the only person I met on my week in Ireland that I couldn't understand!
This site is easy enough to access as long as you know where to look. In saying that there isn't much to see unless someone comes along first with a sharp pair of shears.
Posted by CARL
2nd June 2011ce

Site is pretty overgrown but well worth the effort

53.04583 N
09.16747 W
bogman Posted by bogman
31st May 2010ce

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Baur South (Cl. 26) (Wedge Tomb) — Fieldnotes

So I finally got to this one, Baur South (Cl. 26) for us pedants. I'd been in the area three times previously and always lucked out. Not this time mofo. What can I say about the Historic Environment Viewer at except that it's the coolest, most valuable thing on the www for Irish archaeology heads (and guess what: there's now a Historic Environment Map Viewer for the six counties).

Heading north-east from the Lissylisheen/Cahermacnaghten area you emerge from the Hazel scrub as the road veers directly east. Stop here. There's a boundary wall that seems to continue from the west side of the road over to the east. Walk back west and the tomb is north of this wall, about 250 metres from the road.

The 1961 photo of the tomb shows it in a typical craggy Burren field, open to the air and able to breathe. Alas no more. It's now coralled within a copse of the dreaded hazel scrub, inundated with vegetation that teemed with midges and flies on the last day of July. It's kinda sad and a tad frustrating.

Still and all it was a treat. The box within a box doesn't make any logical sense. No harm there. The outer 'skin' is said to have the remains of more outer walling, but this, and the transversely set entrance stones, were not visible in its present condition. We didn't stay long, attacked by swarms of insects, and with the hunger growing on us from a long day out, we fled down the road to Poulnabrone, civilised and staid, and then back to reality.
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4th August 2020ce

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