Knowth Timber Circle
Between 2800BC and 2500BC a timber circle or woodhenge was constructed near the eastern
passage entrance at Knowth, the timber circle has been re-created using the 33 prehistoric
post holes. This period is known as the Grooved Ware period from a particular type of
pottery vessel which had a flat bottom and straight sides. Grooved pottery was found
near the timber circle. Votive offerings were also found in and around the Timber Circle
suggesting that it was used for ritual purposes, possibly after the Great Mound had fallen into disuse.
The Great Mound at Knowth
The Great Mound was built over 5000 years ago, probably after the construction of
and before the construction
. The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange
and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.
The Great Mound has two passages with entrances on opposite sides, the western passage is 34 metres long and the
is 40 metre long, ending with a cruciform chamber.
The eastern passage
of the Great Mound at Knowth measures 40 metres,
making it the longest megalithic passage in Western Europe. At the end of the
passage is a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof
similar in style to Newgrange
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433