Knowth Kerbstone 41

Knowth Kerbstone 41 - K41
Knowth Kerbstone K41

Kerbstone 41 - Megalithic Art
Megalithic Art at end of Kerbstone 41

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 41

On the lower-middle and the right of the stone there is a series of angular, incised motifs, comprising several zigzags; a panel of three horizontal zigzags; four lozenges, of which two are quartered; a set of four chevrons; a crude circle; and a range of short, angular lines.

On the right end of the stone there is an incised lozenge, some chevrons and boxed arcs. Picked motifs comprise a set of three gapped, concentric circles at the top-left; a row of four U-motifs runs against the top edge of the stone and may originally have formed a serpentiform.

At the right end of the stone, above the incised motifs, a number of motifs are picked with a small, rounded point-these comprise a clockwise spiral of three turns, a small circle, a zigzag, and some lines, and on the right is a small, clockwise spiral enclosed in a zigzag frame.

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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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