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.
The quarrying which has already swallowed up several tombs.