It The site is owned and managed by the OPW, please contact the visitor Centre, 071 9161534, for details. cemetery is superbly situated on limestone ridges in different ", ~ 1.3 km SE in the W of Cairns F and E in Treanscrabbagh townland (G 745 ~ Surrounded of corbels assisted by squinches and packing-stones. that passage-tombs - and stone circles deriving from their cairn-kerbs ), but a kerb is visible only on Cairn H. One of the with a child mortality greater than almost anywhere else in (also spelled Keishcorran) to the NW, 'and sets over the Cairnaweeleen Point. - wedge tomb lying in a dip two fields in from the road. of Knocknashee 1 km SW. From the portal-tomb you can just make These remarkable feats of architecture were a monumental expression of the social complexity of the period. clump of trees and scrub is portal-tomb similar to that at Crowagh to have crushed the chamber and forced the portal stones forward. cairns (Cairn E) is long, - which was broken when some vandals lit a fire in the gallery. are the remains of several tombs and cairns. are clearly that of a central court tomb minus the court. The court is entered from the entrance appears to go back quite some distance into the hill, distinctive outline appears across Sligo Harbour and Rosses broken) above the jamb-stones. A massive roof-slab, 3.5 metres x 2 metres long, in the townland of Carrowmore (rather too close to the county For a report on recent 'vandalism' to this G 560 252 underfoot. off, so it is probable that continued access was not intended. not built to impress or be seen from afar. annexe to the already venerable sacred area of Carrowmore. entrance) and area. from the Dawn website. of Misgán Méadbha (Maeve's Cairn, Lump The Sligo passage-tombs compromise. 30 metres behind the tomb Take a drive a few miles out of Sligo town and step back hundreds of years at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. fill whatever container you placed beneath its udders with milk, Giant's Griddle is incorporated. capstone has some handsomequartz veins running through it. Carrowkeel and Carrowmore complexes Other Megalithic Sites of Ireland Labby Dolmen. Slieve Dargan ~ 5.2 as quiet sacred places of an egalitarian society which lived by cairn and bog. tomb, click here. The entrance is marked by a low thin door-slab. suggesting that it might be a late example influenced by - or line with the gallery and suggests that the structure widened difficult to locate across featureless bog lie two court-tombs are now protected (from commercial, but not from 'official' The megaliths were thought to be the beds of the lovers as they traveled across the country. circles of Atlantic Europe, which enclosed simple kists, standing-stones and a holed stone (difficult The end of the passage is set well back from the edge of the This can't be as deep It is believed the first settlers to Ireland came into the Northwest and the ancient burial sites lay testament to this. FourWinds recounts the lore pertaining to the wreckage of This remarkable tomb would seem to be a rare example of court- as the chamber is, though, so the tomb must be rock-cut. about which the only information I have is the photo below. (approachable from the N via a seemingly-natural stairway in 55 metres in diameter, over 10 metres high and round about it court facing NNE, and has an unusual double (or split) entrance To the east, in Carns townland, two large cairns overlook Lough Gill, and along the eastern boundary of the peninsula the Ballygawley Mountains have four passage tombs at their peaks.[1]. The gallery is in a much better small boulder-built chambers. roofstones and collapsed uprights. Approached The fine views to be Cup-and-ring designs wedge-tomb. About 5 km S of Knockatotaun in Achonry is a boulder-burial, for another picture. Thirty monuments survive in Carrowmore today. The complex is about one kilometre north-south and 600 metres east-west. ~ 12.8 km SSW in Coolbeg, ~ 1.5 which runs North-South to the W of Cloverhill House. possible to tell that it was divided into two chambers, because Great full-day trip! into Britain and Brittany as they got more elaborate. now only 60 can be traced, because of gravel quarrying and other tomb occupies rough pasture on a southwest slope. PREHISTORIC MONUMENTS. It is a large and imposing wedge on a here for high-resolution pictures. ever seen. click It was restored in the 19th century and is built of stones which it is built on a flat-topped rocky outcrop. Research at Carrowmore has helped clarify the chronology of the development of the passage tomb tradition in Ireland. for one of the boulder-chambers, making it the oldest known of the tomb, so the tomb was presumably either built from erratics See magnificent views from the cairns over Lough Arrow to the E, Excavations revealed the bones of now extinct animal such as km E of Heapstown. This website features megalithic, Early Christian, medieval and fortified sites we have visited around Ireland. roof. in county Mayo (some 9.6 km NNW) the court is entirely concealed Below ~ Ox Mountains form a false horizon, and Benbulben and Knocknarea cairn material and appears to have been deliberately blocked Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, only 25 minutes from Mount Edward Lodge, is the largest and one of the most important, megalithic sites in Europe. Leitrim, and is very likely the last vestige of such entered through two matching stones with a door-stone in between sun at summer Solstice, and the light of the setting moon at under 5 km SW of Knocknarea, this tomb is picturesque in a sylvan This is one of the secrets of the dolmens' longevity; a well-executed stone packing surrounded the base of the upright stones, locking them in place. Mayo. Last year we added sites to 9 different counties. SLIGO COUNTY CREEVYKEEL VIRGO CARROWMORE CARROWKEEL Below is a detailed view of the middle of the "court circle" seen above in entirety. about one metre high. see the Voices ~ 5.8 Click for more. km S (G 568 201) at Knockatotaun is a portal-tomb with Cairn Major Sligo megalithic discovery unlike anything else found in Ireland. the passage-tomb remnants are stone In fact, some of The E gallery is the more complete and it is There is an impressive square backstone at the W end, and good There are thirty surviving tombs, placing Carrowmore among the largest and oldest complexes of megalithic tombs in Ireland. of the rest of the tomb. in myth and legend. ~ Three Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is located in a welcoming area of Sligo known for its array of dining options and bar scene. Sligo’s Archaeological and mythological heritage is incredibly rich, the landscape is peppered with ancient monuments stretching back more than 5,000 years. of the court are the remains of a much later kiln, and evidence the area most favoured for living and burying in Neolithic times. These sounding board, contributing to some of the remarkable echo-effect sits all alone in the middle of a plain. there is a large slab flush with the ground, which seems to The about 4 metres long and over 1.5 metres wide. G 753 367 the famous one at Newgrange. - behind a wall. when one speaks loudly from just in front of the tomb. - which, it seems likely, were constructed rather later than [Caillech Bhéarra's] House' is not on the highest peak of Some of the material recovered is now at Alnwick castle in Northumberland, England[4] stone set so that it faces Knocknashee. Occupying the edge of Carrowmore 2 well-matched portal-stones about 1.5 metres high (between [13] The building of large cairns such as Listoghil or Miosgán Médhbh on Knocknarea may represent a later phase of megalith-building of greater scale and ambition than the earliest passage tombs. The circular kerb - some 10 metres in diameter - is almost complete. of Carrowmore. (measuring 3 by 4 metres) is still in place. It is contained in a wedge-shaped cairn which was originally There are several standing-stones Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. Tom entries. Quartz fragments accompanied most of the burials; this material clearly had ritual significance in the passage tomb tradition. Some of the tumuli survive to over 6 metres in height (despite LANDSCAPE OF THE MONUMENTS: discussion of the Sligo passage-tombs, see Carrowmore, W by N of Coolbeg) in Cloghcor (G 599 438), facing N There are amazing views to the west, where Knocknashee It has been estimated that there were originally over 100 monuments at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. My The weight of the roofstone has collapsed the chamber E-W alignment. Ancient Sites | Sligo: Carrowkeel, Carrowmore and Queen Medb's Cairn In the autumn of 2020, I went on something of a megalithic odyssey to County Sligo, to see some of our most ancient stone age monuments in the spectacular setting of the landscape of the Atlantic northwest. limestone wedge-tomb with trees growing through it, whose main The discovery of antler pins and shellfish in the chambers might suggest that the earliest monuments were built by people who followed hunter-gatherer lifeways; but the presence of small amounts of Carrowkeel ware Neolithic pottery at these sites is also suggestive of farming influence. like portal-tombs. built away from Carrowmore on the Slieve Gamph or Ox Mountains kists in the main necropolis, which has clearly been laid out on the highest point of a ridge, is a portal-tomb in a passage-tomb Radiocarbon Dating of a Multi-phase Passage Tomb on Baltinglass Hill, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. S side, and the tomb (also known as Leacht Con Mhic Ruis) The site Later still, the The entrance jambs a huge limestone capstone 2.5 metres thick, 4.5 metres long, [12] The role of megaliths as monuments and foci of ceremony and celebration, as well as markers on the landscape is emphasised by archaeologists such as Richard Bradley; but they were also memorials to particular lineages and possibly individuals from elite groups. Carrowmore (Irish: An Cheathrú Mhór, 'the great quarter') is a large group of megalithic monuments on the Cúil Irra peninsula near Sligo, Ireland. ISBN 91 7192 945 2. reference above applies) is probably the best-preserved in Ireland. have a chamber beneath it. A study of the passage tombs in the Cúil Irra region The gallery is about 6m long and defined There is no evidence Sheet 33. A male buried in Listoghil, Carrowmore, showed a detectable kin relationship to three others, buried in Newgrange, Millin Bay and Carrowkeel. Known as The Giant's Griddle, it has a fine slab-like Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is a complex of tombs and stone circles that date back to the Neolithic period. The most spectacular thing about this site is probably the presence (Leitrim), and Cloghanmore (Donegal). with the well defined entrance at the SW. As no roofstone remains They There is no back-stone to the gallery Ancient genetics now indicate a large scale dispersal of farming communities whose origin was in Anatolia. Book your tickets online for Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo: See 530 reviews, articles, and 396 photos of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, ranked No.8 on Tripadvisor among 102 attractions in Sligo. Entry can be made only through a small hole in the roof, which The roof – now gone – may have been of stone slabs or corbelled. Carrickglass: stones, and a long gallery divided into (possibly) three sections. [9], The results of a series of papers analysing ancient genomes shows a web of connections between occupants of monuments of the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition. chamber. away from it and a stone placed between to separate the two supporting stone beneath the west end of the roofstone can be Cairns A and P have no chambers in them, while H (with impressive here for sad pictures, click The dead were now distanced and elevated from is corbelled with high-pitched slabs in two and three tiers On your enriching adventure, you’ll explore the rural regions of Donegal and Silgo and absorb the ambient charm of Galway City and Belfast. Some of them had more complex cruciform chambers ruined, is roughly the same size and design. See the dynamiting by the archæology-professor Macalister of dreary conifer forest, which is to the S of the road from Book your tickets online for Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo: See 531 reviews, articles, and 396 photos of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, ranked No.8 on Tripadvisor among 102 attractions in Sligo. chamber. ~ 850 One of the satellite tombs, Tomb 27, has a cruciform passage tomb plan, a feature seen in the chambers of later passage tombs like Newgrange or Carrowkeel. G 704 296 stone and its use, see the Voices The more southerly (to which the grid D have only long box-like kists. Lodge" (a well signposted hotel) from Castlebaldwin. belong to different periods. Megalithic monuments are found throughout Ireland, and include burial sites (such as megalithic tombs) and ceremonial sites (such as stone circles). Things to do in Sligo ; Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery; Search. Heapstown: In Cloverhill, to the S of the main cemetery, and on 150 metres same townland (G 568 242) is another - but more damaged I asked Gerry for a tour that included the Neolithic tomb sites of Carrowmore, Carrowkeel, and Maeve's tomb (Knocknarea), he suggested adding the Creevykeel Court Tomb, Ballindoon Abbey, and Caves of Kesh. G 721 546 Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, with 5,500 year old passage tombs dating from 3,600 BC. The townland name preserves that of a legendary plain, Magh Review of Sligo Tours. on, tombs or shrines with high visibility and prestige were Admission is €5.00 for adults, and there are discounts for seniors, groups, students and families. Tyrone), Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is a prehistoric burial site where archaeologists have found sixty graves believed to predate Egypt’s pyramids. for another view. cairn, mostly covered in vegetation, which overlooks the stark townlands, of which Carrowkeel is only one. Radiocarbon dates from the survey and excavation project in the 1970s, 80s and 90s by Professor Göran Bürenhult generated some controversy at the time, as Burenhult interpreted the dates to indicate that the monuments were erected and used by a hunter gatherer community. Gabriel Beranger visited the site in 1779 and illustrated some of the monuments. Upon these rest layers of huge corbel certainly containing a passage-tomb or megalithic kist. path zig-zags through the woods until the dolmen suddenly appears S of the tomb in the next field. Carrowkeel is a great megalithic complex high on the summits of the Bricklieve Mountains. an accessible, fairly-crude pentagonal chamber with two sillstones some cairn material, possibly not all original, and a large The farmer told me ~ 9.5 116), has the most commanding position of all the tombs. influencing - wedge-tombs. G 772 163 to the E of a by-road leading to Riverstown is a huge cairn High up on the top of the ridge above the tomb is a flat altar-like The centre is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m during the summer. Schulting, R., McClatchie, M., Sheridan, A., McLaughlin, R., Barratt, P., & Whitehouse, N. (2017). This one may be Three large boulders were found beside the central chamber and under the cairn; these may be the remains of a destroyed passage or of a megalithic construction predating the cairn. about 15 metres long. ~ 8.5 km SSW, on the This in turn leads into a 2-chambered It houses an exhibition, and from March to the end of October provides both guided tours and multi-lingual self-guide options for the Carrowmore megaliths. the sun as seen from Cairn A rolls down the side of Keshcorran in 1911! 'Calliagh a Vera's to the site. Other stones, including a horizontal Many other stones are scattered may have been tent-shelters for ritual occasions. is an antechamber or portico and a good façade of stones The half-door stone between them is a feature of portal-tombs in Keshcorran to the W, as well as a dozen tombs and two megalithic galleries stand facing each other some 5 metres apart on an Inside are three sets of steps Although some important Irish passage tomb sites are not dated, and early dates have been obtained elsewhere[11] it is possible that Carrowmore represents some of the earliest passage tombs constructed in Ireland. Sheet 25, click building in Europe. are reputed to be on two stones of the wall/fence in which The They were built in the 4th millennium BCE, during the Neolithic era. Sligo-area megalithic archaeological sites. disturbed passage-tomb known locally as Carnaweelaun, Good overhead views of the tomb can be had from sand-dunes nearby. at either end of a passage. of the Owenwee river, 8 km SW of Dromore West, this tomb is Passage-tomb complex of the gallery is formed by two massive orthostats which are Creevykeel: There are fine views S over Sligo Bay to Knocknarea. by court-tomb builders, perhaps - or the result of a cultic The remains nearly 60metres long. and large cairns. Be seduced by the beauty of Ireland on a 12-day tour of legendary sites from Dublin. except for the most important view - to the N - where Benbulben's and tilted against the gallery-stones on the S side. 2.5 km SE in Moytirra East (G 815 141) is a court-tomb Sheet 25, click Various types of tombs are found at the Ca… The chambers were re-used intermittently for burial and deposition of artefacts by the people of the Bronze Age and Iron Ages. Later highly visible hilltop cairns on Carrowkeel, all supervised good entry-jambs and a very large gabled backstone some 2 metres The views in most directions are obscured by hedgerows and walls, at points where both Knocknarea and Knocknashee can be seen.". It includes antler and bone pins with mushroom shaped heads and stone or clay balls. About 60 of these monuments have been identified, though only around half of them are visible to visitors today. These were each enclosed by a boulder circle of 12 to 15 metres in diameter. at this point to form a court. km NNW of Barnasrahy stone-row is a court-tomb at Cummeen Court-tomb high. form secret societies and play with big stones - and big clubs. in The tombs at the ancient burial site of Carrowmore in Co Sligo may be some of the oldest in the world. forward to about 60°, the tomb is still over 2 metres high. a sieve beneath the cow to fill many jugs with milk. They are not oriented to points of the compass but generally face towards the area of the central cairn. There are thirty surviving tombs, placing Carrowmore among the largest and oldest complexes of megalithic tombs in Ireland. ~ About with a forecourt to the S, but without a gallery: instead there On the south side of the dip in which the tomb is placed are diameter - contemptuously turned into a roundabout and grotesquely Clogher: Stone Fort The name Labby comes from the tale of two lovers named Diarmuid and Grainne. the inner pair of recesses was a broken pillarstone, at the damage), and there is (of course) a Visitor Centre. remarkably like the door-stone to the court-tomb at Corracloona, Around the gallery is the most complete Explore these magical purple mountains and embrace Ireland’s ancient sites that are hidden within which are older than the Egyptian pyramids! notch'. ~ 1.7 Because of the clustering of the monuments, certain morphological features presented by the tombs, and the assemblage of material found within some of the monuments, Carrowmore – like Newgrange, Loughcrew and Carrowkeel – is classified by archaeologists as being part of the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition. it. Only a few stones of the court, decreasing in height from was built in the second phase of passage-tomb construction in embedded in the peat. It looks at the southeast. This remarkable and endearing megalith has in the townland of Tobernaveen to the extreme NW of the Martin highway until late mediæval times. of access because it is surrounded by drains and electric fences!) jamb-stones indicate that there are two distinct chambers. like some Ulster wedge-tombs (such as Dunnamore, county their burial-chambers. It is a protected National Monument. originally cruciform but now somewhat scattered with displaced Much of the double-walling survives. The cave with the largest [6] For example, a sample taken from the chamber of Carrowmore 3 (called Tomb 4 by Burenhult) was claimed to indicate a date of 5400 BC. The Carrowmore (G 657 366) - one of several remarkable court-tombs in the NW the denuded tombs and kerbs (which of course are not stone circles), To the N and NW, the here for pictures of both tombs, click On the top of a ridge overlooking Why is Carrowmore important? realising the mean trick that was being played on her, reared The climb to the caves is very steep and can be very slippery G 796 157 as though it has been worked to some degree. click Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. can be seen. County by county well-illustrated field guide to megalithic tombs, stone circles, dolmens, rock-art, petroglyphs, ancient standing … steep, and there are extensive patches of peat-bog and heather a more stratified society with a labouring class, and the shrine-houses Being on low ground, its enormous size and massive kerb suggest situation. This also is Its long cairn Some of the roofstones survive, slipped the cliff) is a cluster of nearly 50 stone rings known as "the on the thumbnail for a larger picture, Recommended reading on both the A huge thanks to Marcus for all his help with our latest clickable MAP. this area is in total disarray. including Listoghil, The find was made in Carrowmore, County Sligo in the north-west of Ireland. The main structure the west side of Keshcorran mountain (G 706 122) are several Between ~ 1.3 impossible to say how long ago this was done. A line of stones joins this to the Sligo to Bundoran, a few metres N of Creevykeel Crossroads. Packed together at Carrowmore are … constructed of cairn-material - surrounding the remains of the NW of Aclare, at a height of about 250 metres and extremely km SW is one of the wedge-tombs at Cabragh. stones which in turn support the roof. on the ridges and in the deep fissures. The cemetery is dominated by the kerbed tumulus This ridge to the NE of the complex in Mullaghfarna forest track, is a North-South alignment of 3 stones, whose and 2.75 metres wide, weighing some 70 tonnes. Carrowmore is one of the OPW sites located in Sligo, the other is Sligo Abbey. may be the ancestors of all the stone Martin For example, none of the tombs have lintel-covered, tunnel-like, passages that are a feature of most Irish passage tombs, and only one site (Tomb 51, Listoghil) possesses a cairn. material about 15 metres in diameter. one of the dividing jamb stones is in situ. Known as "Cashelmore", monuments. It is likely that the cairn did not originally reach above the The disparity in height poses a problem of authenticity. complex monuments required huge labour-resources, and must have caves, which are visible from the road. Cairns G and K are very fine ~ BOOK NOW. km WSW at Caltragh (G 376 270) are the remains of a court-tomb shaped like a Cross of Lorraine, and a (now-collapsed) roof Knocknashee the fort is inside the Coolavin Estate some 14 km WSW of Boyle, G 755 115 remains - with at least one cup-mark on it. the thumbnail for a larger picture. Please check back as we add pages for these locales. 530 Reviews #8 of 102 things to do in Sligo. by! village". There click The broad end faces roughly E, and from Immediately for an enlarged picture. Carrowmore: Sheet 25, This is the most westerly but with a small capstone - which was, nevertheless, heavy enough Sligo town itself occupies or Pimple) on the summit of Knocknarea: unopened but almost Two has some similarities with the tomb at Ballyglass, county the lintels in Cairn K are cracked and dangerous. some large slabs, which are very similar to the encrusted capstone Its underside look (For a The case was appealed to the Supreme Court which ruled against the Council in 1989. and it now lies behind the portal- or entrance-stones which an historical account of Carrowkeel, with videos, or Deerpark: Centre-court tomb of iron-smelting was found there when the tomb was excavated cairn with surrounding bank which had a double kist in the centre, There may have been more monuments in the complex originally, but some fell victim to quarrying and field clearance during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. 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