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Carrowmore Tomb 27 Passage Tomb
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 14' 49.6"   W 008° 30' 52.2"

Nearest town

Sligo

Grid Ref.

G 66510 33261

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

55

Date of visit

Wednesday 4 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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This tomb is outside the area of the main group of tombs near the visitors' centre and is in a private field beside the road.
Undoubtedly this tomb is the most beautiful of all those outside the main area.
On a low artificial flat mound with a steep slope on its west side there are 37 stones that form the kerb for the cairn that once covered the cross-shaped passage tomb in the centre of the circle. No other tomb in the complex at Carrowmore has a similar feature. The passage , which is aligned to northwest (315°) nearly towards the Knocknarea, is 1.80 metres long and 65 centimetres wide. The chamber at the end of the passage is aligned to southeast (135°) and is 1 metre long and 90 centimetres wide. Another chamber is to northeast (60°) and is 1 metre long and 1.40 metres wide, but several stones have been displaced. The third chamber is aligned to southwest (225°) and 1.35 metres long and 70 centimetres wide. Around the passage tomb there's a second inner circle, made with smaller stones. The outer diameter along the east to west axis is of 15 metres.
The excavations revealed the presence of many cremated and unburned bones, along with teeth, fragments of ivory, pottery and a flint knife. The radiocarbon analyses dated this site as old as 3900 BC.
The Tomb 26 is about 75 metres to the northeast (75°) in the same field.


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