Knowth Kerbstone 94

Knowth Kerbstone K94
Knowth Kerbstone K94 | Photo by Clare Tuffy

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 94

The upper part of the stone is weathered and the motifs here are not clear, At the top-center there is a set of three concentric circles/arcs, the upper parts of which are very faint. These are enclosed by three/four shallow arcs on the left. To the right is another set of three concentric circles or arcs, and further right is a double concentric circle.

A row of three larger motifs runs below the top row; all are variants of concentric ovoids, gapped at the top. Below this row are two small sets of double gapped circles, symmetrically placed between the larger motifs. The picking on the lower part of the stone is better preserved than on the top of the stone and is done with medium/large points. Chisels with a broad-to-medium cutting edge were also used, and some triangular pickmarks may be noted on the right side.

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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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