Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic tomb that is rumoured to have the largest capstone in Europe...100 metric tons.The site was never excavated but is believed to be the burial place of a local king. Its a pretty impressive site and is located in the middle of a field just outside Carlow town.
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This dolmen dates back to around 4000-3000 BC and is probably the buriel place of an important person (a king or a prince).
The dolmen takes its name from the ancient village of Brownshill (also known as Kernanstown) located here. This village was never excavated (so the remains are still there down below), therefore, little is known about it.
There is a lot of speculation going on about the weight of the top stone. Some say it weighs 1000 kilograms, others give it 100,000 kgs! Fact is that the top stone is the size of a small car. Do your own calculations now... ;-)
Not far from Carlow (3km) you will find the Browne's Hill Dolmen. The capstone (weighing roughly 100 tonnes) is believed to be the largest in Europe. Most likely it marks the burial place of a local king of long ago.