Knowth Kerbstone 13
Knowth Kerbstone K13 | Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site
Knowth Kerbstone K13 - Photo by Paul Kelly
The Megalithic Art of the Passage Tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath
Description of Kerbstone 13
Three stages of carving can be tentatively identified on this face. Stage 1: incised lines
between many of the picked lines seem to precede them, but the full extent of the incised
lines is difficult to determine because they are obscured by the picked motifs.
Stage 2: the whole surface of the stone is covered with picked motifs, many executed
with a rounded point of small to medium-size, but close inspection shows that
different types of points were used, and it is not clear if these indicate various stages of carving.
The motifs include lozenges on the top-left, with two anti-clockwise spirals below
them, one of which overlies one of the lozenges. The middle of the stone is occupied
by a dense series of angular motifs, including zigzags and lozenges. There is a quartered
lozenge low down, and two of the opposing triangles inside it are picked all over.
To the right is a panel of zigzags, and above these are three tightly set, double,
anti-clockwise spirals, two of which are conjoined to form a double S-spiral, with
a very lightly picked double spiral immediately to the right and a single anti-clockwise example further right.
Above the spirals are some small serpentiforms, a large zigzag, and some small arcs
opening downwards. Stage 3: a wide serpentiform motif is deeply picked with a round
point along the right edge and partly across the bottom of the stone and clearly
overlies a number of motifs in this area. A patch of pick-dressing under the middle
spiral may also belong to this stage, but it is not so deeply picked.
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Kerbstone K13 (SE2) | Martin Brennan's drawing superimposed over a photograph by Martin Byrne
is a Stone Age Passage Tomb in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East and together with
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.
Knowth Kerbstone 13 | Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site
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