Carricknagat Megalithic Tombs facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCarricknagat
Irish: Tuamaí Meigiliteach Charraig na gCat
|Dermot & Grania's Bed and Giant's Grave|
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|Type||wedge-shaped gallery grave and dolmen|
County Sligo, Ireland
|Elevation||63 m (207 ft)|
|Built||c. 4000–2500 BC|
|Official name: Carricknagat|
Carricknagat is located halfway between Ballygawley and Ballintogher, near a source of the Ballisodare River.
Carricknagat tombs were built c. 4000–2500 BC, in the Neolithic.
The name means "the cats' stone" or "the pine martens' stone;" ancient monuments are often said to be haunted by wild animals, possibly representing the spirits of the dead.
The tomb to the west, a wedge-shaped gallery grave (wedge tomb) called the Giant's Grave, is trapezoidal in plan with the inner end of a SSE-facing gallery (4 × 2.6 m) and is divided by jambs inset in the gallery walls, with a rear chamber 2 m (7 ft) long. The outer chamber is composed of side-stones, an upright stone and four three kerb-stones.
This tomb, a dolmen, is traditionally called Dermot & Grania's Bed.
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