Creevykeel Court Tomb

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Creevykeel Court Tomb is a court tomb in Ireland. It is one of the best-preserved court tombs.[1] It is in the foothills of Tievebaun Mountain, close to the sea near Mullaghmore in County Sligo.


History[change | change source]

The tomb was built in the Neolithic Period, 4000-2500 BC.[2] It has a long, trapeze shaped cairn (pile of stones). An oval court is inside that. There is also a burial chamber at the northwest of the court. That chamber has two rooms. In the back of the cairn are three smaller chambers built into the cairn.

"The old name for Creevykeel is Caiseal a' Bhaoisgin (the Fort of Bhaoisgin), Bhaoisgin being the well near the cairn."[3]

Archaeology[change | change source]

Excavations in 1935[change | change source]

The Creevykeel Court Tomb was excavated in 1935 by the fourth Harvard archaeological mission. That mission was one part of scientific excavations that occurred in Ireland. The leader of the excavation was Hugh O'Neill.

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Creevykeel home". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  2. "Creevykeel Court Tomb, Co. Sligo - National Monuments Service". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  3. "Creevykeel Court Cairn | Cliffoney, Co Sligo | Caislean an Bhaoisgin | Sacred Island Guided tours | by Martin Byrne". 1935-09-04. Retrieved 2014-04-26.

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Coordinates: 54°26′19″N 8°26′01″W / 54.4387°N 8.4335°W / 54.4387; -8.4335