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Carrowkeel Kist Kist
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 15.6"   W 008° 22' 37.2"

Nearest town

Castlebaldwin

Grid Ref.

G 75315 11752

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

321

Date of visit

Friday 26 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The kist seen from the northwest.


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.

This kist is about 27 metres east (80°) of Cairn K.
It's a box-shaped structure with the long axis aligned to the southeast-northwest (150°-330°).
Its external dimensions are 2.8 metres of length and about 1.70 metres of width, with the slabs being up to 45 centimetres thick. The door slab is lower and thinner, with a dip halfway on the top edge.
It seems it is aligned to Knocknarea that is about 25 km northwest (330°) from here, but on the day of my visit, though it was a clear and windy day, I couldn't see that far.


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