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 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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Reviews

Dr Stephen Davis (UCD), Irish Arts Review, Spring 2022

This substantial volume represents a fitting coda to almost sixty years of research led by Professor George Eogan and the culmination of over five decades of research on megalithic art by Dr Elizabeth Shee Twohig. There is plenty here for both the specialist and the amateur alike. This is an absolutely essential book for anyone with an interest in megalithic art and the European Neolithic, and comes highly recommended.

Sharon Greene (editor), Archaeology Ireland, Autumn 2022

This fabulous tome deals with one of the most famous aspects of the Great Mound at Knowth and its satellite tombs - the megalithic art found on their kerbstones and in their passage chambers. Though it comes at the end of a series of monographs, this book does not claim to be the final word on its subject. Rather, it is a valuable record of the subject material and research to date, a tribute to the individuals who have taken part in work at the site as well as on the publication, and a touchstone for future generations of researchers.

Ulster Archaeological Society, Spring 2022 Newsletter

This is a hugely important publication for our understanding of megalithic rock art and megalithic tombs. essential for anyone interested in megalithic tombs and Irish prehistory.

Knowth K15 - Sundial Stone
Knowth Kerbstone K15

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