Tomb 26, Passage Tomb, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo.

Location – Further along the road that tombs 15, 19 and 22 are located on. It is on the right hand side of the road.

Description and History
– All that remains of this is the outer kerb circle, which is common at Carrowmore. Nothing remains of the inner tomb. Of the outer circle 30 stones remain at a diameter of 17m. There are four further stones which have been displaced meaning the original circle has 34 stones. This site in particular appears to have been multi period. The original construction was Neolithic and Neolithic artefacts such as antler pins have been found. However, the ‘entrance’ was created in the Bronze Age (one stone is displaced creating this entrance) and a wooden structure was constructed around the entrance in the Iron Age. Many cremations from the Iron Age were found during excavation and may be sacrificial in nature. During the Iron Age a ditch was dig around the inside of the circle, except for over the entrance. A full burial was found at the centre of the circle of a young female around 18-22 years old with a developed foetus. This burial was dated to 90 A.D. Excavation shows that the remains were de-fleshed before being brought here. This is certainly one of the finest tombs are Carrowmore.

Difficulty – Easy.

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