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Cairn V at Loughcrew.
Cairn V is one of the seven monuments on the summit of the central hill at Loughcrew. This picture is from the top of Cairn T nearby. Note the 1800's cultivation ridges in the field beyond.

Cairn V

Cairn V, to the south-east of Cairn T, is about 10 meters in diameter, and has kerbstones and orthostats remaining, but no cairn stones though there is a low platform within the kerbs. It is difficult to make out which way the passage is oriented; Martin Brennan thought it was to the winter solstice sunrise. A large stone stands a meter from the kerb on the northwest side, in the direction of Cairn T.

Carvings in Cairn V.
Engraved orthostat within the chamber of Cairn V.

The chamber has a double cruciform plan, with an end recess and two side recesses on side. Engravings can be made out on four of the remaining chamber stones. Conwell found a 'long rounded white sea-pebble, which from appearances, may have been used as a sling-stone, or a hammer' by the outer stone.

Carvings in Cairn V.
Engraved orthostat within the chamber of Cairn V.

Cairn W

This cairn is quite small, being about 7 meters in diameter. It contains a small, sunken chamber, about 2 meters long. There were five decorated stones and a stone basin here.

Cairn W at Loughcrew
Cairn W, the south facing 'Pot Cairn'.

Martin Brennan called it the 'Pot Cairn' and gives its orientation as south, with a probable use for monitering the height of the sun in the sky at midday on important dates, such as the equinoxes. I seem to remember reading somewhere that an unusual pot was found in the chamber, but Herity doesn't mention it.

Vew from Cairn V.
Cairn V looking south-east, the general direction of the Boyne Valley, on a hazy afternoon, Easter 2011. Loughcrew commands wide views, and the Hill of Tara and the Wicklow Mountains are visible in clear weather .