Monday, November 1, 2010
Knowth is less well known than Newgrange but in my opinion its way cooler for a number of reasons, the main mound is larger than Newgrange, it has two passages, it has 17 satellite tombs and it has one third of all Megalithic stone sculpture in Europe. There are 127 sculpted kerbstones around the base, overall about 200 sculpted stones on the site.
By the Iron age the mound had collapsed over the kerbstones and the site was used ias a graveyard. When the Normans came the site was used as by the monks of Melifont abbey, hence the walkway up to the top of the carn.Click to enlarge panorama shots
Some of the satellite mounds
Our Norwegian friend ducks between graves
The Eastern passage
Standing stone at the western Entrance
Before you see the kerbstones these two little guys were peeping back at us
Some of the kerbstones that came out clear, some think that some of the stones are calendar stones and lunar charts. Though there are many theories on the meaning, it is a mostly stylised art form and Irelands Boyne valley has three quarters of megalithic art in Europe.
This one is thought to be a Sundial
Posted by Paz at 2:38 PM