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It is natural to think of Stone Circles belonging to Stone Age culture but in fact, most Stone Circles belong to the Bronze Age. The Drombeg Stone Circle described here actually dates to the start of the Iron Age, around 153BC to 120AD.

The Drombeg Stone Circle - for height comparison, my son is an inch or so shy of 6 feet.

While in size, the Drombeg Stones do not come close to competing with Stonehenge in England, they are the best example of a Stone Circle one can find in the County of Cork. The circle is approximately 30 feet in diameter with its longest stone topping out at just slightly over 7 feet in height.

According to the plaque located at this site, there are 17 standing stones in the circle (Ok, I should of counted them, but I didn't). Other's report only 13 of the original stones are present. One of the stones lies on its side, if I understand properly; this stone is the axial stone. The two tallest stones, standing side by side, are known as the Portal Stones.
More pages on Drombeg Stone Circle:
Round Huts and Fulacht Fiadh
 
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Stones of Ireland
During the winter solstice, if one stood between the two tallest stones he/she would see the sun setting on the horizon exactly at the center of the axial stone.

Just a few feet away from the Stone circle are the ruins of two joined round huts built sometime between the 2nd and 4th century. Also on this site is a Fulacht Fiadh ,a cooking hearth (dated between the 4th -7th century), containing a stone trough where hot stones were used to boil water.


The ruins of a stone hut, a second stone huts ruins set immediately to the right of this ones.
The presents of the round huts and Fulacht Fiadh suggest this site was inhabited, at least seasonally, from the birth of Christ to the start of the 7th Century. Exactly what meaning the Stone Circles had for the populous of this period is open to speculation. Was the Stone Circle simply a calendar device or did it have spiritual significants for its creators and the people that came after them?

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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland