Knowth Kerbstone 90
Knowth Kerbstone K90
Over 200 decorated stones were found during excavations at Knowth. Much of the artwork is found on the kerbstones, particularly approaching the entrances to the passages. Many of the motifs found at Knowth are typical: spirals, lozenges and concentric circles. However, the megalithic art at Knowth contains a wide variety of images, such as crescent shapes. Interestingly, much of this artwork was carved on the backs of the stones. This type of megalithic art is known as hidden art. This suggests all manner of theories as regards the function of megalithic art within the Neolithic community who built the monuments in the Boyne valley. It is possible that they intended the art to be hidden. It is also possible that they simply recycled the stones and reused the other side.
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
The complex of passage tombs at Knowth is dated c. 3200-2900 BC, and this volume deals
with one of the most significant aspects of the site. It presents a complete catalogue
of the 390 recorded carved stones at Knowth, through descriptions, drawings and photographs.
Six main styles of art have been identified and these are discussed, together with the
motifs and techniques employed. The Knowth carvings constitute c. 46% of all such art
in Ireland, and the volume sets the Knowth art in the context of the other Irish carvings,
those in western and northern Britain, and also the somewhat earlier art found on megalithic
tombs in Atlantic Europe.
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