"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Prehistoric engravings on the stones at Dowth
is the only one of the three major Brú na Bóinne
mounds which has not been excavated in recent times. Much of the
big kerbstones remain buried, with only the tops exposed. During
some Victorian style archaeology in the 1850s, major damage was
caused to the top of the mound, and two stone passages were found,
but thankfully the kerb remains intact. Some of the stones which
are exposed have some beautiful artwork on them. The best example
is kerb 51, also known as the "Stone
of the Seven Suns" but there are more. Some of the art
is photographed below, and many of these designs and patterns
have not been seen by the general public.
spiral on a kerbstone on the southern side of Dowth.
semicircles nicely lit by the sun on the southern side.