Ballylumford Dolmen

Ballylumford Dolmen is situated on Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, near the northwest tip of the Islandmagee peninsula and near Ballylumford power station.

Ballylumford Dolmen is situated on Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, near the northwest tip of the Islandmagee peninsula and near Ballylumford power station.

It is known locally as the “Druid’s Altar”, and could be 4000 years old, or the remains of an even earlier passage grave. The dolmen consists of four upright stones, with a heavy capstone and a fallen stone within the structure. This may have been put there to block the entrance to the tomb. The dolmen is in the front garden of a house.

 A wall plaque at the site describes the dolmen as a single-chambered grave erected about 2000-1600 BC. Local finds indicate the occupation of the neighbourhood during the Bronze Age.

Ballylumford Dolmen is a portal tomb and a State Care Historic Monument in the townland of Ballylumford.

This dolmen is located on private property sadly, making for a quite unusual front garden fixture in front of the inhabited Edwardian home the archaeological treasure sits in front of.

The sign reads – Ballylumford Dolmen

‘Single-chambered grave monument erected around 2000-1500 BC – local finds indicate occupation of neighbourhood during  Bronze Age. Despite popular name there is so far no proof of associated to Druids.’

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