Carrowmore circle 57
Carrowmore 57 is a large and well-preserved circle close to the center of the Carrowmore complex. The circle is located on the edge of a gentle hill close to the central monument and right beside Circle 56, with good views to the north and towards Knocknarea. The circle is divided by a fieldwall dating from the 1830's, so a slice of the circle comprising 11 boulders remain in private ownership outside the O.P.W. compound.
This monument is one of several which was reused at a later period. During the bronze age, a boulder within the southeast side of the circle was rolled aside to make an entry, and the dolmen and chamber were dismantled and removed from the circle. The large boulder in the fieldwall just south of the circle may be the capstone of the dolmen from Circle 57. A pit or hollow at the center may be the remains of the chamber, while two pieces of limestone may be the last piece of a passage.
This is one of the larger circles at Carrowmore with a diameter of 18 meters. As usual the boulders enclose a large earthen platform or tertre. The 32 stones used in this circle are of a very large size in contrast to the stones in Circle 56 which are much smaller; and those on the west side are laid end to end, while many of those on the east site are standing upright.
The circle is slightly oval, measuring 60 feet from east to west, and 52 from north to south (out to out).