Knocknarea from Carrowmore

This photograph of Knocknarea Mountain was taken from the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery on the Coolera peninsula in County Sligo. It was taken in May 2011 and is a panorama photograph where 6 individual photos were stitched together to from one single image.

Knocknarea mountain (327m) is caped by a huge cairn which is over 10m high, one of the largest tombs of this type in Ireland. This cairn is know as Queen Meave's Grave or Miosgan Meadhbha and said to be the burial place of the legendary warrior Queen Meave of Connaught, buried upright on her horse in full battle regalia and facing her enemies from Ulster

Carrowmore is the largest and one of the oldest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. Almost all the burials at Carrowmore were cremations. There have been several recorded excavations at Carrowmore, ranging from the survey work by George Petrie in 1837 through to the modern excavations in the early 1980s by a team of Swedish archaeologists led by Stefan Bergh.


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