This small and very beautiful dolmen is located next Site 3, directly across the
road from the visitor centre. The dolmen stands at the centre of a low
flat mound some 12 meters in diameter. These low platforms, tertres, are a feature of the original monuments in Brittany that the Carrowmore monuments are modelled upon. The communal burial chamber is raised above the surrounding ground level. There are remains of many such neolithic platforms in the area.
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.
No. 4 (dolmen-circle, a short distance to the northeast 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."
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.