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‘All That’s Archeology’, March ‘10
’Celtic Realm’, Jan ’10 with many thanks.
Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning “hole of sorrows”) is an ancient portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland. Dating back to the Neolithic period (between 4200 BC to 2900 BC), it consists of a twelve foot tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, and is bordered by a nearby cairn.
Excavations during the 1980s found at least 22 adults and children 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 area, the tomb must have remained a center for ceremony and ritual until well into the Celtic period.
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