Knowth Kerbstone 1

Knowth Kerbstone 1 - K1
Knowth Kerbstone K1 | Part of the ring of kerbstones that encircles the main mound

Knowth Kerbstone 1 Illustration
Knowth Kerbstone K1 Illustration | Published in Excavations at Knowth Volume 7

The Megalithic Art of the Passage Tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath

Excavations at Knowth Volume 7: The Megalithic Art of the Passage Tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath Description of Kerbstone 1

Kerbstone 1 is the longest of the kerbstones (length: 3.8 m / 12.5 ft).

The main face has a number of patches of area-picking, without distinctive outlines, done with a small to medium-sized, rounded point. Only a few specific motifs can be identified, notably a small U-motif and single circle towards the right, and a number of cupmarks in the centre and left of the face, some of which seem to be arranged in arcs. A vertical line runs down the stone to the right of centre, and a horizontal line runs parallel with the top-left edge.

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Knowth is a Stone Age Passage Tomb in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East and together with Newgrange and Dowth are the principal sites of Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site. Knowth is the largest passage tomb of the Brú na Bóinne complex. The main mound is about 12 metres (40 ft) high and 67 metres (220 ft) in diameter covering about 1 hectare (2.5 acres). It contains two passages placed along an east-west line and was originally encircled by 127 kerbstones of which 124 are still in place.

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