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Court Cairns…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022…

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From a distance this looked like nothing

more or less than a giant moot.

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And maybe that is what it really was?

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In which case we ought really to have

sought permission before entering the fray…

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From an archaeological perspective

we had stumbled upon a court-cairn,

and a somewhat skeletal court-cairn at that!

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The ‘maw’ of the outer court, it is claimed,

would have been used to perform ceremonies, or rituals,

to both honour and also entertain the ancestors

whose remains were contained within the mound.

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And maybe

it would have been used

for just these purposes…

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But if it was used for these purposes

it was an already

highly advanced cultural undertaking.

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A mere five thousand years before

our highly advanced culture

is willing to admit the existence

of any form of life after death.

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Plan of Ballymacaldrack court-cairn.

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