Monday, October 07, 2002

LexiLine Journal #40 - 2002 : Cloghstuckagh County West Meath Ireland Camelopardalis



The megalith Cloghstuckagh in West Meath County of Ireland represents Camelopardalis as a bighorn sheep (or stag?), together with perhaps a crown as Cassiopeia (uncertain).

Using MacBain's Gaelic Dictionary as a source, Clogh is surely Gaelic clach or clog "stone".
Stoc is a "sheep horn".
Agh is a "hind".
Anthony Weir thinks that the name of the stone means "prominent stone", an interpretation which in our opinion is quite doubtful, since this stone is no more prominent than any other megalith and ill-served to name a stone.

The Gaelic terms support our analysis of the megalith as representing Camelopardalis, even though the markings are faint and not supported by cupmarks, which always weakens the certainty of the identification. The interpretation of this megalith is thus speculative.

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