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A Possible Astronomical Alignment marking Seasonal Transitions at Listoghil, Sligo, Ireland

Pádraig Meehan

Sriff, Dromahair, County Leitrim, Ireland. Email padraigmeehan@gmx.com

Cite this as: P. Meehan 2012 'A Possible Astronomical Alignment marking Seasonal Transitions at Listoghil, Sligo, Ireland', Internet Archaeology 32. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.32.3

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Listoghil, the central monument and focal point of the Carrowmore passage tomb complex close to Sligo in north-west Ireland, has been ruined, excavated and eventually partially restored. However, the chamber is preserved in its original position. I examine the hypothesis that Listoghil was deliberately aligned to mark seasonal transitions equivalent to astronomical cross-quarter days. The methods include a horizon survey, the isolation of directional features in the monument, and computer modelling of the monument and skyscape. Folklore and legends around seasonal transits, locally, in Ireland, and in many and varied (and independently arising) contexts at temperate latitudes of the world, are seen as information sources complementary to data gathering and observation.

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