Carrowmore, county Sligo

G 663 335 - Sheet 25

Nearest town: Sligo



The "necropolis" or Sacred Landscape of Carrowmore is dominated by the huge "Maeve's Cairn" on the flat-topped hill of Knocknarea.
Many of the dozens of humbler passage-tombs on the land below had cairns set inside rings of boulders.
There was a development from the earliest and most intimate form of passage-tomb (with boulder-kerb)
to boulder-circle (surrounding a cairn or boulder-burial) to the earliest stone circles proper
- which were being built in this cold climate at about the same time as the high point of Sumerian power in Iraq.

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The quarrying which has already swallowed up several tombs.

 


 

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