"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
A new lunar stone?
below is an amazing kerbstone which was only just excavated at the
end of archaeological work at Knowth in the summer of 2000. The
kerbstone, which features a series of circles, arcs, crescents and
a spiral, was photographed by me on the day it was being blocked
from public view by a wall of concrete blocks - being built to support
a ramp to bring tourists up onto the top of the mound.
stone may have been used for making lunar calculations, and features
a number of large conspicuous crescent shapes which may represent
early and late phases of the moon. The photo below shows the concrete
wall which was being built right in front of the stone - the picture
may be deceiving because it was taken with a wide angle lens,
but the wall is about 2-3 feet from the face of the stone. On
a later visit to Knowth, after completion of the wall, I found
it difficult to find a position where I could see any detail on
the face of the stone.
work has been ongoing at Knowth for nearly 40 years. This was
the very last stone to be uncovered during excavations, and was
the very first to be blocked up again. The wall was being built
to support a ramp to facilitate the movement of tourists up to
the top of Knowth via a Norman 'trench' which was dug into the
mound on this side some centuries ago.
stones at Knowth and the ancient
Boyne sites show that the Stone Age people had a huge knowledge
of the workings of the heavens. There is some evidence that they
understood the lunar
cycle, known as the Metonic Cycle, and were able to predict
lunar eclipses. Above is a selection of images showing some of
the conspicuous crescent, or lunar, symbols at Knowth.