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Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, County Clare - oil painting by Avril Brand

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Oils on canvas (14 × 18 inches)

(Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning “hole of sorrows”) is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BC to 2900 BC.

The dolmen consists of a twelve-foot, thin, slab-like, tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, which lift the capstone 1.8m (6ft) from the ground, creating a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The cairn helped stabilize the tomb, and would have been much higher originally. The entrance faces north and is crossed by a low sill stone

Excavations found that between 16 and 22 adults and 6 children were buried under the monument. Personal items buried with the dead included a polished stone axe, a bone pendant, quartz crystals, weapons and pottery. In the Bronze Age, around 1700BC, a newborn baby was buried in the portico, just outside the entrance. With its dominating presence on the limestone landscape of the Burren, the tomb was likely a centre for ceremony and ritual until well into the Celtic period.

Poulnabrone portal tomb at the Burren in County Clare is one of the world’s best known and most visited dolmens. Ireland is fortunate in having almost 200 dolmens and of course Brownshill in county Carlow is the largest. But when the setting is taken into account, and the wildflowers of the Burren, the isolation from a built environment, the quite, and the sheer magic are considered, Poulnabrone must come out on top. When the dolmen was erected here, the landscape probably looked very different. There is evidence that the people who built the many tombs on the burren actually farmed the area and the Burren would have had a covering of soil with scrub, trees and grass growing there. It was this very farming which caused the stripping away of the soil and leaves us today with the dramatic limestone landscape for which the area is famous.

Comments

  • HELUA
    HELUAabout 4 years ago

    Very impressive and magical image, my fave!!x

  • Thank you, Helua!

    – Avril Brand

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...about 4 years ago

    Hi Avril, superb painting, it’s so impressive! Amazing how they build these, just last week we visited Stonehenge. Great to see you again!

  • Hi Arie!!! Hope you are well! Sorry I have been away for some time and hope I can catch up with my friends here. Great to see you again, too!

    – Avril Brand

  • Racheli
    Racheliabout 4 years ago

    Hello Hello my dear old friend, what a beautiful sophisticated work of art! Magnificent! Thanks for that interesting explanation.

  • Hello Racheli!!! Thank you!!

    – Avril Brand

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful art, fantastic history. have missed you.

  • Byron old friend!!! I hope you are well! I missed you guys as well!

    – Avril Brand

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work – love it. Michelle

  • Thank you Michelle!!

    – Avril Brand

  • joedog
    joedogabout 4 years ago

    I just love your paintings, you have a wonderful way of bringing things to life,well done on this one and thanks for the great history too go along with it, hugs Joe

  • Thank you, Joe… lovely to see you again.

    – Avril Brand

  • Joe Trodden
    Joe Troddenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic oil painting busrting with detail and atmosphere, i must go there… You’ve got the west ireland landscape off to perfection!!!

  • You certainly must come over to visit!!! You will love the west of Ireland!! Thank you!

    – Avril Brand

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...about 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful painting! You are so talented!

  • Thank you Patricia. Loving your work too, always!

    – Avril Brand

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansalmost 4 years ago

    Just amazing artwork and I LOVE history with it too!

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