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Ballymacaldrack…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June 2022…

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There are twenty-seven stones, or sockets for stones,

supporting the ‘burial mound’.

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The ‘rubble’ in the outer court shown above

on an old photograph from the nineteen-forty excavation,

would have been deposited when the site was closed,

and may have comprised some of the kerbstones

used as ‘packing’ for the mound.

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At which point the thresholds

to the chambers within the mound

were also sealed by dry-stone walling.

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Along with the magical act

of leaving highly polished

axe-heads in the walls.

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This magical sealing

can still be felt today

long after the walls have been dismantled

and the axe-heads removed for safe-keeping.

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The cremated bones of five adults

were recovered from the mound

and the pit-holes for the cremation platform

are still evident.

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The court-cairn was constructed

five-hundred years

after the last of the cremations.

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Which procedure, to my mind, smacks of

an even more potent magic!

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Polished Tievbulliagh ‘axe-heads’ of the type found in the sealing.

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