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Large passage grave cemetery on the north side of the River Boyne in central Ireland. Extensively excavated and restored by George Eogan from 1961 onwards, the site is one of three such cemeteries in what is known as the Bend of the Boyne, between Drogheda and Slane. In the 4th millennium bc the cemetery is dominated by simple passage graves, eighteen of which have been recorded, but around 3200 bc work started on the construction of a large developed passage grave over 60 m in diameter. It covers two chambers, each approached by a passage, one opening into each side of the mound. The mound is surrounded by a kerb of decorated slabs, while further stones bearing passage grave art lie in the chambers and along the sides of the approach passages. See also Newgrange.

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G. Eogan, 1986, Knowth. London: Thames & Hudson

Subjects: Archaeology — Religion.


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