Knowth Kerbstone 17

Knowth Kerbstone 17 - K17
Knowth Kerbstone K17

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 17

The upper part of the stone is damaged, with consequent loss of carvings in that area. Stage 1: straight, short lines are incised in irregular grid patterns in the middle and on the left of the stone. There are also deeply struck short straight lines, occurring in a cluster in the middle of the stone and more extensively on the lower-left; these appear to be overlaid by the picked serpentiform motif. On the right there are some dispersed pickmarks.

Stage 2 is an anti-clockwise spiral near the right of the face, which is picked with a medium-sized, rounded point. Stage 3 consists of a series of curvilinear motifs. A long serpentiform picked with a heavy, rounded point runs right across the Stone and overlies the earlier spiral. Above this on the right is a shorter serpentiform and parts of some short arcs, the upper parts of which are weathered and damaged.

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