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Carrowmore Tomb 51 Passage Tomb
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 14' 55.8"   W 008° 31' 06.9"

Nearest town

Sligo

Grid Ref.

G 66246 33455

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

58

Date of visit

Wednesday 1 June 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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The huge cairn seen from the south-southwest.


This is the largest of all the tombs in the complex and it's also the focal point of this area. It seems that all the other passage tombs were built to look at it, but it also seems that this tomb have been built in a different time and with a different technique.
It's also known as Listoghil.
We saw it for the first time on December 7th, 1995 and then again on May 4th, 1997. Both times we found it on undergoing works of excavations and we only could look at it from a footbridge passing at little distance and over it.
Now it's visibile in its full splendour.
The restoration works gave it its original look and shape. The cairn has a diameter of about 32 metres and is surrounded by a kerb of 101 stones.
It's structure is completely different from any other tombs of this large cemetery, the cairn is huge, the central tomb is much more perfect and imposing. It's like it was built by a different culture and in other times, though the analyses tell that the chamber was in use around 3600 BC. Excavations in the southern section of the cairn found items datable to 4100 BC. This may lead to the conclusion that this imposing passage tomb might have been built over the remains of a previous burial place.
The entrance to the tomb through the cairn is at southeast (120°).


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