The Druids Altar in the Giant's Ring, Belfast, Co. Antrim looks impressive and no doubt was even more impressive when the capstone was in place. There are so many of these, what we always called "Cromlechs" when I was young, about the island and they hark back beyond the mists of time to a simpler age. I wonder what it looks like now and what has been found out about it?
Collection: Eason Photographic Collection
Date: between 1900-1939
NLI Ref: EAS_0462
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Flickr is sometimes amazing! Looks like the tree has flourished. In February 2019 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/32225184167/
It is a magnificent oak tree. Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifido/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifido/3349326159/
Wow! Druidview - goo.gl/maps/1xcMZm9zW3mkAcdB7
Droneview - youtu.be/9gMk0l9en28
The archaeological thinking in 1959. From Londonderry Sentinel - Wednesday 9 December 1959
Dating evidence: I think we can confidently eliminate 12th July 1904 from our enquiries. On that day the Independent Orange Order held a mass meeting there.(Lisburn Standard - Saturday 16 July 1904)
Here is some megazoom graffiti fun ... Mr French / Lawrence also visited - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324056 and other side catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324057 Graffiti visible "Dick Boy 7/4/90" !! And "I Johnson 1889". So if Mr French was here about 1890, the oak tree is not much different in size. More graffiti via Stereo Pair - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000565968 WR&S - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000556249
here is my contribution from a visit in 2007 www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove/525313923/in/album-7215760... in the 19th century the outer ring was used for horse racing. in the 21st century this has changed from racing to dogging...
“built around 2700BC, meaning that it predates the Egyptian pyramids.” - Wikipedia
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I like your photo, and imagine there is nothing new about dogging in this place, which could well be an enormous fertility symbol. The graffiti is a hint! Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia that's my line!