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A Brief Guide to Irish Archaeological Sites A brief introduction to some of the many types of archaeological monuments which can be seen in Ireland. Detailed description, some sketches, pictures, and bibliography.
The Boyne Valley Mounds The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks, Loughcrew and Tara are located in the present day County of Meath on the east coast of Ireland. The Boyne Valley Mounds at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth were built around 3200BC making them older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. With bibliographies. Knowth.com
Bronze Age Roundhouse in Clare During the course of archaeological monitoring of groundworks for a proposed reservoir site at Barnhill Wood, Dromoland, Co. Clare, a number of archaeologically significant features were uncovered. These features consisted of in situ articulated human remains, fire shattered stone, charcoal enriched material, associated pits and occasional burnt bone. Note: This a part one of a three part post (part 2 is here and part three – the references – is here Moore Group
Lough Gur tells the story of the pre-Celtic settlers who first came to the area over 6,000 years and continues to the present day in the people who still dwell and farm in the locality. It is an archaeological site of outstanding significance. A visitor centre was built in 1980 and uses the design of two of the excavated stone age houses as its plan. The Centre houses a number of displays covering stone age and bronze age implements, pottery and weaving. A slide show gives a good overview. – Lough Gur
Burren HeritageWelcome to the magical kingdom of the Burren, land of the fertile rock. Within this section you will find a full range of information on the various aspect of this, Ireland’s flagship heritage landscape, from flora to fauna. geology to archaeology, agriculture to community. No matter what it is about the Burren that interests you, there is something here for everybody. – Burrenbeo
Prehistoric Monuments of the Cavan Burren
The Cavan Burren in County Cavan, Ireland, is the site of many megalithic tombs and ancient settlements that pre-date the pyramids of Egypt. See some of the great stone tombs in the Burren described by Seamus Ó hUltacháin, archeologist, and Kirsten Lemon, geologist at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.
Celtic Symbology and Motifs Geometric motifs have always prominent in Celtic artwork Some of the motifs or symbols date back to 3000 BC and can still be seen today on stone carvings. – Draconin’s Lair