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Carrowkeel Cairn K Passage Tomb
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 15.42"   W 008° 22' 38.64"

Nearest town

Castlebaldwin

Grid Ref.

G 75288 11747

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

324

Date of visit

Friday 26 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Approaching Cairn K from the north.


This is one of the most amazing places we have ever seen in Ireland. It's a neolithic cemetery atop Carrowkeel Mountain. From up here there's a fantastic view over the surrounding counties. No vehicles are allowed at the site, from the last allowed spot for cars the walk is not less than 20 minutes long, and it's difficult to remember that there's a civilized world down there.
There are 14 cairns on the top of Carrowkeel and Keshcorran Mountains, along with a dolmen and a kist.
The site was discovered by the Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger in 1897. He returned at the site in 1911 with Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister to excavate the monuments, which had been untouched for about 6,000 years and still have an intact look.

Cairn K is the third tomb along the trail from the car park to the top of Carrowkeel, and it's about 135 metres south-southeast (165°) of Cairn H.
Its conditions are quite excellent, with a regular shape on every side. It has a diameter of about 16 metres and it's about 5 metres high. The lintelled entrance on the northwest (330°) side is 1 metre high and in perfect conditions.
The passage is long and narrow and I didn't adventure inside. However reports say that the long passage leads to a central chamber with three burial chambers opening inside the walls, like at Cairn G, arranged in a cruciform plan.
The excavations carried on in 1911 revelaed the presence of cremated human bones, stone beads and fragments of pottery.


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