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Wedge Grave at Coom

Situated at Coom, Ballinskelligs. This site was excavated many years ago. The wedge tombs have an interesting story. They are believed to be associated with the arrival of a particular group of peoples, starting around 2300 BC.

This was a culture that had an advanced knowledge of bronze metallurgy, and hence their arrival marked the beginning of the Bronze Age in Ireland. They are believed to have originally settled in southwestern Ireland, in particular in the Ballinskelligs area near us, as well as on the Dingle and Beara peninsulas. Why did they settle in our area? It turns out that Kerry and west Cork had rich deposits of copper, which is used in making bronze implements. In fact, archeologists have identified a unique type of Bronze Age axe from Killaha, Co. Kerry (near Killarney).

Historians believe that our area was a major producer of axes and other bronze objects (spearheads, swords, shields, awls, sickles, cauldrons) for export throughout Ireland, and Europe generally, during this time. Since bronze is a combination of copper and tin, and the tin had to be imported to our area, it is likely that there was substantial interaction between these peoples in our area, and those in other parts of Ireland and Europe based on this trade The picturesque “Labbydermot” lies 200 metres S of a road-junction, 3.3 km NW of Ballinskelligs. This well-preserved and picturesque tomb’s main chamber is covered by a capstone just under 3 metres long.