What was found in Knowth?

What was found in Knowth?

The mace-head was found last week by Mr. O’Connor of Sheepsgrange during a routine shifting of first-level stones inside the big eastern passage grave at Knowth. At just over three inches long, it is a cylindrical piece of brown and white flint, at first mistaken for a shell by its discoverer.

Who built Knowth?

George Eogan and his team of Archaeologists began excavating the Great Mound and the smaller surrounding mounds at Knowth in 1962, five years later they discovered the first passage and chamber.

Is Knowth bigger than Newgrange?

Knowth is an older, more decorated, more complex passage mound than Newgrange. The instincts of the archaeologists point to an equinoctial connection.

How many kerbstones surround Knowth?

Newgrange is the best known Irish passage tomb and dates to c. 3,200BC. The large mound is approximately 80m in diameter and is surrounded at its base by a kerb of 97 stones. The most impressive of these stones is the highly decorated Entrance Stone.

How tall is Knowth?

It is the largest passage grave of the Brú na Bóinne complex. It consists of a large mound (known as Site 1) and 17 smaller satellite tombs. The mound is about 12 metres (40 ft) high and 67 metres (220 ft) in diameter, covering roughly a hectare….Knowth.

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What was Bru na Boinne used for?

The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre opened to the public in June 1997. Its primary purpose is to manage the flow of visitors to the megalithic tombs of Newgrange and Knowth.

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How did Bru na Boinne get its name?

After the foundation of the Cistercian Abbey at nearby Mellifont in 1142, the land around the monument was acquired by the order. In the old stories, the name given the monument was Sí in Bhrú, the Fairy Mound of the Brú. It was said to have belonged to Elcmar who was married to Boann(the river Boyne).

Where are the megalithic tombs located in Ireland?

The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks, Loughcrew and Tara are located in the present day County Meath in Ireland’s Ancient East.

Is the Knowth megalithic passage a World Heritage Site?

Knowth and the other megalithic sites of the Boyne Valley were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. There is no direct access to the Knowth site, access is by guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre located close to the village of Donore on the south bank of the river Boyne.

Where is the National Monument of Ireland Knowth?

National Monument of Ireland. Knowth (/ˈnaʊθ/; Irish: Cnóbha) is a Neolithic passage grave and an ancient monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne located 8.4 km west of Drogheda in Ireland’s valley of the River Boyne. It is the largest passage grave of the Brú na Bóinne complex.

Are there any World Heritage Sites in Meath?

The other great clusters in County Meath are on the hills around Loughcrew. The ancient Boyne Valley passage tomb mounds at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth have been designated World Heritage Site status by UNESCO and attract 200,000 visitors per year.

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