These four sites are situated on the northwest side of Carrowmore, and complete the large oval chain of circles, Site 55 bringing us back again to Circle 1. Site 52 is a fine example of a split boulder dolmen supported by five uprights. Petrie reports that this site had a fine big circle, removed not long before 1837. The dolmen is surrounded by a cairn composed of stones cleared from the field.
Site 53 was buried under a field wall for many years, until it was liberated by excavation around 1998. The site is partially destroyed by a quarry on the west side. A fairly long passage points in to Listoghil.
Site 54 is another small dolmen, very like Site 52. Again, it's circle was removed not long before Petrie's visit. A piece of Carrowkeel ware was found in this chamber.
Site 55 was a cairn of stones cleared from the field. The excavation revealed that it was the remains of a small destroyed circle.
Borlase: - No. 52. Situated about 70 paces to the N.W. of the cairn called Listoghil (dolmen-circle). "This, which was a large circle, has been recently (in 1837) destroyed for the materials which it afforded to build the wall connecting the field boundary in that direction with the road. The cromleac, however, which is a very large and apparently double one, still remains, but is in great part buried in stones collected to clear the adjacent fields." - Petrie.
The cromleac, which is a fine specimen, remains. Its porch-like entrance is very remarkable. Possibly it may have been a double or figure-of-8 dolmen." - Wood-Martin.
The dolmen measures 4 feet 6 ins. in height. Its long axis is N.W. and S.E. The roofing-stone, which measures 5 feet 8 ins. by 5 feet, and is in the centre about 2 feet 6 ins. thick, rests on 4 stones, 2 on either side. The stone at the N.W. end is missing; and the antechamber, porch, or continuation at the S.E. end is formed by 2 uncovered stones. The gap or slit connecting this with the interior of the dolmen is only 6 inches wide.
"In this cist there were six hundred and fifteen fragments of bones, all small, greyish-white, ashen-coloured and calcined. With them were two teeth (of a ruminant), part of the tibia of bird (curlew or plover), and a, piece of shell (Helix). Twenty of the bone fragments exhibited the peculiar transverse crack-like' marks alluded to in preceding interments," - Wood-Martin.
LXV. No. 53. Situated on the same field-boundary as LXIV, within about 100 feet of the road (dolmen-circle). "A few stones of this circle only remain. It was destroyed a few years ago by Mr. Walshe's herd, by that gentleman's order. As usual, it had a cromleac within." - Petrie.
"The few stones" have been removed, but its diminutive cromleac is still intact. An excavation was made with the following results: -
which, according to Dr. Frazer, are all human, and had been imperfectly
burned. They belonged to an adult, advanced in years, judging from the
teeth and a fragment of the jaw with two molars and three incisors much
worn down. were also portions of crania, thigh bones, etc.
The small dolmen at Site 54 looking to the central monument at Listoghil, where the cairn was recently 'restored' around the megalithic chamber.
Situated at the angle of the field, N.E. of the cairn called Listoghil, and to the E. of LXV (dolmen-circle). "Of this circle, also, only a few stones are left, the rest having been carried away to clear the ground; but the cromleac is untouched, though covered with stones collected off the land." - Petrie.
''The few stones yet remaining of those which formed this monument may now be seen in the fences around a neighbouring cottage." - Wood Martin.
Site 55, a cairn, when excavated proved to be a small circle with a destroyed dolmen.
Situated to the N. of the preceding (No. 54) and close to the road. "It is the external chain of circles which commenced with No. 1. From Col. Wood-Martin's plan it would appear that this circle is S.W. of LXVI (dolmen-circle). "This circle is more perfect, but of the stones have been removed to form a garden wall. The cromleac is perect, but covered with stones. The place of any intermediate circles which may have existed (between this and No. 1, so as to make the chain perfect) have been occupied by the road and houses on either side." - Petrie.