Banner: Knocknarea at Sunset.
Praeger sitting on Cairn F before the excavations began in October 1911.

Third visit, Carrowkeel, October 1911.

We again assembled at Tower Hill House on the afternoon of October 10th, and next morning started with four men at the group of mined cists at the north end of Carn E.

By the afternoon we had cleared out two almost which still contained burned bones and some other and had laid bare the whole series of cists. uninjured side-chambers, remains.

Plan and elevation of Cairn F by Macalister & company in 1911.

Attention was then directed to the great Carn F, of which, as already mentioned, it was evident that the chamber-roof had collapsed; but the indications of a structure of noble proportions were so pronounced that we had determined to attempt to remove the many tons of material, great slabs mixed with rubble that had poured into the chamber.

The first operation, the breaking up and removal of a huge slab, measuring 9 feet by 6 feet, which impended over the rim of the excavation, was successfully accomplished.

Chamber of Cairn F, cleared by Macalister & company in 1911.

Next morning work was resumed, and the whole day was spent in clearing out the large antechamber inside the doorway, which was by degrees uncovered, and in measuring and photographing it.

The morning of the third day saw us at work clearing the inner chamber, which had become visible behind the antechamber. Some very large blocks had to be removed, and it was decided to drop them into the antechamber, now thoroughly explored, as the labour of removing them entirely from the excavtions would have been extremely heavy.

Eventually, all the remaining material from the inner chamber was piled into the antechamber, filling it to a height of 10 feet, and by evening the inner chamber, which proved of very exceptional interest, as will be seen later, stood completely clear of material. Burned bones, etc., which were found, were as usual carefully removed for examination.

On the morning of the 14th October, further human remains were removed and examined, and the inner chamber was measured, sketched, and photographed; and about mid-day our party broke up.

Cairn F, left and Cairn B, right, positioned 600 meters apart across the valley of Lough Availe at Carrowkeel.