Carrowmore 5 looking west to snowy Knocknarea and the great cairn on the summit.
The single remaining boulder from the circle is to the right.
This small and beautiful dolmen is located right beside Site 4, directly across the road from the visitor centre. The dolmen stands at the centre of a low, flat mound 12 meters in diameter. When Petrie saw it in 1837 there was a circle of 40 stones around the mound; today there is only one remaining. Wood-Martin's excavation report is given below. He found that the floor of the chamber was flagged. About 6 kg of cremated bone was found here.
Borlase: - No. 4 (dolmen-circle, a short distance to the N.E. of the last). "This circle is in part destroyed, but the cromleac is untouched. The diameter of the circle is 40 feet, and the number of stones appears to have been forty, but twenty-one only remain. The cromleac of this circle is a good example of the size most common to such monuments in Carrowmore. It is formed of five supporting-stones, and one table-stone. It measures altogether not more than 5 feet in height, and the table-stone is 14 feet in circumference." - Petrie.
Carrowmore (VI). From an original sketch by Petrie. (Borlase, 1897).
The circle had, when Col. Wood-Martin visited it, been buried by the tenant, except one boulder. On excavation, "near the surface were the unburnt remains of a wolf or dog, and of a large rodent. When the flagged floor was reached....... there were abundant traces of calcined remains, some imperfect bone pins and piercers; also a worked bone, seemingly the handle of some implement. The animal bones, of dog or wolf, and rodent, were unburnt and unpetrified, and, from their colour, had evidently lain in clay, the humus still adhering to them. There was about 14 lbs. weight of small fragments of bone, lime-soaked, and therefore much increased in weight and density. Many of them were charred and blackened by fire." - Wood Martin.
With these remains was found a "large, roundish stone of white quartz, smooth, and weighing 14.5 ozs. It is 3 inches long, the same broad, and 1.75 inchs thick; also a smooth, black, cuneiform stone, with a thin coating of carbon, weighing 13.5 ozs., and measuring 2 11/16 inches long, 1 11/16 inch broad, and 5/8 of an inch thick; also a piece of rough white quartz of rudely triangular form, with some of its edges sharp; also some pieces of red sandstone in process of disintegration. There were also, in the general mass of small fragments, a few teeth of a young pig, bird bones, part of the valve of a shell, and half of the lower jaw of a rabbit." - Wood Martin.
There is some confusion about Sites 3A and 6. These sites, as mentioned below, were removed during land clearance around 1815, so the only records we have of them are Petrie's notes from 1837, when he went around and interviewed some of the tenants on the land. The same is true for many of the destroyed circles on the south side of Carrowmore.
Large boulders in the fieldwall are probably from the destroyed circle of Site 6.
No. 6 (1) (dolmen-circle). The situation of this is marked by a gravel-pit N.E. of VII. "This circle and cromleac were destroyed about the year 1815 in raising gravel." - Petrie.
IX. No. 6 (2) (dolmen-circle, between the gravel-pit and X). "Several very large stones, which there can be but little doubt belonged to another circle." - Petrie.
A beautiful watercolour of the petite dolmen at Site 5 in Carrowmore by William Wakeman from 1887.