Megalithic Art


Knowth

The largest of Boyne Valley mounds Knowth is also unusual in its design: there is not one but two passages inside. They do not connect and one is directing roughly East while the other faces West (they were most likely aligned for Spring and Autumn equinoxes).

Of 127 Knowth kerbstones three are missing but the remaining ones are considered the largest and best preserved collection of Megalithic art in Western Europe. The designs are highly unique and their meaning remains a mystery.

More info on Knowth and its history is available on World Heritage Ireland page.

Shuttle bus stickers
Shuttle bus stickers

Knowth

Shuttle buses take visitors to the mounds.
Shuttle buses take visitors to the tombs.
Phallic stone probably was aligned to cast shadow into the Western passage during equinox
Phallic stone was aligned to cast shadow into the Western passage during equinox
Satellite cairns in Knowth
Satellite passage tombs in Knowth
Medieval souterrain (underground tunnel), possibly used as pantry / escape route.
Medieval souterrain (underground tunnel), possibly used as pantry / escape route.
Megalithic art: only stone / wooden tools were used.
Megalithic art (kerbstone K42)
Knowth tomb: the weight of the mound have almost closed the stone passage already
The weight of the mound has almost closed the Eastern passage
Megalithic art: only stone / wooden tools were used.
Only stone, bone and wooden tools were used.