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CARNAGAT DUAL COURT TOMB
CARNAGAT DUAL COURT TOMB, COUNTY TYRONE
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2008
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54 22' 6.17"N...7 7' 22.51"W
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This great Dual-Court Tomb of Carnagat ('Cat's cairn') and also known as
Ballywholan, is located on level ground west of the Furey river, with good views all
round and is a fine example of a dual-court tomb. The whole site consists of an
extensive long cairn remnant, orientated NE - SW, 20m in length, which covered the
tomb. A roughly semi-circular forecourt at each end leads to a long gallery of two
chambers. The galleries are set back to back with no visible chamber between and
sharing the same back-stone. Each of the chambers is approx. 2.5m in length and
floored with small flagstones. Excavations in 1899 found cremated human bones,
ashes, charcoal, flint chips, a leaf shaped arrow-head and a stone wrist-braces and has
been dated to about 3,000 BC.