Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb
Fourknocks - Aerial View
Fourknocks is a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago. It is located
10 miles southeast of Newgrange
Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. The name Fourknocks may be from the Irish
meaning Cold Hills
or maybe Four Cnocs
is a reference to the Four Tombs (Four
Hills). Only the main tomb pictured above has been excavated and is open to
Fourknocks has a short passage leading into a wide pear shaped chamber
with three smaller offset chambers. The original roof was probably a
wooden structure supported by a central pole. The current concrete roof
was constructed in 1952 at the end of a 2 year excavation. Fragments of 65
burials were found in the tomb, both cremated and unburnt remains of
adults and children. Decorated Pottery and Vessels and personal ornaments
including pendants and beads were also found. All of the items found were moved
to the National Museum.
Just inside the main chamber to the left of the entrance is one of the few representations of a human
face from the Neolithic Period in Ireland. The Face Stone is about 3 feet high and
looks like a prehistoric smiley face.
The key for the entrance door to Fourknocks Passage Tomb can be got
from Mr. Fintan White who lives over a mile from the Tomb. Directions are
signposted from Fourknocks. A cash deposit must be given which is
refundable on the safe return of the key. The key should be returned before 6pm.
Two more Passage Tombs in the next field are overgrown with grass and
furze bushes. There is no public access to these Monuments from the main
Tomb with a "No Through Access" sign to discourage visitors from climbing over the fence.
There are two unexcavated sites in a field next to the main mound which are overgrown with grass and
furze bushes. There is no public access to the unexcavated sites with a "No Through Access" sign to discourage visitors from
climbing over the fence which surrounds the main mound.
in the Snow. A snow covered landscape in Ireland is unusual, some winters pass without a
significant fall of snow. The images of a snow covered Fourknocks were taken on the 29th of December 2000.
- An interpretation by Martin Dier.
A very interesting article exploring the less obvious reasons why structures like the Fourknocks
were sited where they were. Martin explores Archaeological Considerations, Astronomical Considerations,
Engineering, Geomantic Aspects, Yin and Yang, Psychodelia and Sacred Geometry.
Directions to Fourknocks including a roadmap of the local area.
Greenanstown Stones, located a couple of miles from Fourknocks.
Entrance to Fourknocks with rays of afternoon November sunshine.
P.J. Hartnett at the excavation of Fourknocks, 1951.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433