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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Northwest Ireland | County Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is situated in the center of The Coolera Peninsula (irish:Cuíl Irra) around 6 km southwest from Sligo Town in County Sligo. It's one of the largest and oldest megalithic complex in Europe, where some of the tombs have been erected 4000 BC. There are around 30 stone structures still visible on the site, but there were many more in the past, which have been damaged due to farming and road building. Most of the monuments are small stone circles created of upright and recumbent stones. The central tomb of Carrowmore, called Listoghil, is a large cairn with central chamber inside. It dates from 3600 BC and probably it was last structure built on this site. The first detailed survey was carried out by George Petrie in 1837 and at that time, fifty eight monuments were mapped and numbered. In 1970s and 1990s, Carrowmore Megalithic Cementery was excavated by team of Swedish archeologists and many burials were found (both, cremations and inhumations). Radiocarbon dates of charcoal samples showed that site was used mainly in period between 4000 BC and 3000 BC. After excavation, Listoghil was reconstructed to its orginal shape.

    • 2nd April - 14th October 2015:
      • Daily: 10am - 18pm
      • Last admission at 17.00pm
    • Adult: 4€
    • Child/Student: 2€
    • Senior/Group: 3€
    • Family: 10€
    • Phone: +353 71 916 1534
  • CAR PARK :
    • Yes

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