The Craigs Dolmen is a dolmen dating from the Neolithic period and located 5km north of Rasharkin in Northern Ireland. It is a set of impressive megaliths, located in the middle of the Northern Irish countryside. We appreciate its imposing structure, perfectly preserved, as well as its authentic charm! Happiness for lovers of prehistoric monuments!
According to the archaeological excavations, the dolmen was built 2000 years before J.C. (in the Neolithic period). Like most dolmens, their function is still mysterious, but numerous bones found on site suggest that this dolmen was the entrance to a corridor tomb where the bones of the deceased were stored…
The carbon-14 dating of the bones found on site suggests that the tomb was used up to the Bronze Age.
You can’t miss a dolmen like that! Very striking with its imposing table, the dolmen is accessible via a secondary road, north of Rasharkin. You will then have the possibility to park on a small parking lot, and then to go there (the visit is free, but the dolmen is located on private property: it is customary to ask permission from the owners of the land to go further).
In terms of structure, the Craigs Dolmen is made up of 7 imposing blocks of stone, arranged together to form the entrance to a corridor tomb, now destroyed.
Its table (block covering the dolmen), was unfortunately damaged by lightning in 1976, and was replaced in 1985 by an identical megalith: enough to obtain a true copy of the dolmen before the lightning!