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Ardgroom Stone Cirlce, County Cork, Ireland

Ardgroom Stone Circle (also called “Canfea”) is located near the village of Ardgroom on the Beara Peninsula. The Circle consists of 11 stones, 9 of which are still standing upright with one alignment stone outside the circle. This stone circle is unusual because its stones tend to taper toward points. Also in the vicinity are the remains of at least 2 ring forts, as well as a number of standing stones and stone rows.

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Kealkil Stone Circle, County Cork, Ireland

Kealkil Stone Circle consists of a small five-stone circle, two large standing stones (one eight feet tall, the other almost sixteen feet)  and a cairn of stones. The elevated position on a mountain ridge gives extensive views across Bantry Bay to the west and miles of hills and valleys in every other direction except south, where the mountain rises above the complex.

This is one of the few circle sites to have been excavated and inside the circle was found a setting of crossed timber sleepers which may perhaps have held an upright of stone or wood. Like most alignments, the two outlier stones are on a northeast-southwest axis, parallel with that of the circle.

DROMBEG STONE CIRCLE

-CORK, IRELAND

Also known as the “Druid’s Altar,” the circle is a megalithic formation that once consisted of 17 stones (only 13 remain) out in the countryside of Cork County, Ireland. Radiocarbon dating of human remains found at the site during a 1957 excavation suggests that the area was built and actively used between 1100-800 BC. Now the site is secluded, tucked away between verdant farmland and network of country roads.

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