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The Art of Knowth

Posted in Art with tags , on August 4, 2018 by telescoper

Just back to Maynooth after a fascinating afternoon at the megalithic sites at Brú na Bóinne. I’ll post a few more pictures in due course, but how’s this for an amazing piece of abstract art?

These carvings are on one of the kerb stones that surround the large passage tomb at Knowth. There are about 130 of these stones ringing the main structure and many more inside, all carved differently. Some of the patterns seem to have astronomical significance, but nobody knows exactly what they mean.

These works of art are about 5000 years old and were made by a stone age civilisation that comprised farmers rather than hunter-gatherers.