'Petroglyphs, the Bend in the Boyne'
At least since the advent of modern archaeology, archaeologists have proposed
numerous interpretations of the petroglyphs found throughout Ireland and
Britain, yet none have ever been tested, nor can they ever be tested, and
therefore do not meet the criteria of a scientific hypothesis or theory. This
paper explores the likelihood that many of the panels of petroglyphs decorating
the orthostats and kerbstones at sites such as Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth,
simply depict the monuments that were constructed during the Neolithic and Early
Bronze Ages. The spatial distribution of the motifs on stones at Knowth,
Newgrange and Dowth for example, were a way of drawing in the wider ritual
landscape, creating for the community a way of connecting the physical
landscape, with the realm of the dead.
Though many of the monuments within the Boyne Ensemble are still visible in the
landscape, there are hundreds of sites where nothing can be seen, except for the
panels that exhibit this enigmatic art, with hundreds more yet to be discovered.
With the advances in geo-prospecting technology, and using the probable
cartographic information on the panels, undiscovered sites and monuments beckon.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland