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Excavations at Knowth volume 6: the passage tomb archaeology of the great mound at Knowth

Cummings, Vicki 2019. Excavations at Knowth volume 6: the passage tomb archaeology of the great mound at Knowth. Archaeological Journal 176 (2) , pp. 369-372. 10.1080/00665983.2019.1590956

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The Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, Ireland, is one of the greatest Neolithic landscapes in northern Europe. Anyone who has ever had the chance to see these sites will know that these are truly monumental feats of engineering and it is only through experiencing these sites first hand that one is able to appreciate the size and scale of the monuments in this landscape. Rightly so, these sites have featured heavily in narratives of the Irish Neolithic where they are often described as the pinnacle of megalithic design and construction. These sites, however, cannot be considered ‘typical’. While there are other, large passage tombs, and other complexes of sites such as Loughcrew and Carrowkeel, Brú na Bóinne stands apart in terms of the sheer scale of the megalithic endeavour. These monuments have also been subjected to extensive amounts of research and fieldwork over the years, much still ongoing. Indeed, despite this landscape having been the focus for research for decades, new discoveries are being made all the time, as we saw in the summer of 2018 when drought conditions revealed previously unknown sites through parch marks seen from above.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 0066-5983
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 11:00

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