Dowth Hall

Passage Tombs

During recent redevelopment at Dowth Hall, archaeologists were amazed to discover another passage tomb cemetery in the Boyne Valley. The 18th century house was built upon a 5,500 year old neolithic cairn. To date archaeologist have uncovered at least six kerbstones, one of these, pictured above, is highly decorated with passage tomb art. Two burial chambers have also been uncovered in the western side of the passage tomb. The orthostats pictured below formed one of the chambers. The neolithic site was open to the public during heritage week, 2018. Due to demand each day was divided upon into 20 minute slots and these free slots had to booked online.

At 40 metres in diameter the cain is about half the size of Newgrange. It was a real thrill to visit the site, as the excavations were still in progress. When the renovations at the house are complete, the residents plan to open the site to the public on certain occasions throughout the year.

Four of the kerbstones and cairn material

Dowth Hall

Satellite tombs

There is another, smaller passage tomb, with a corbelled roof, located about 60 metres southwest of the house, see image below, and a mound to the north, now covered in trees, is also believed to be a passage tomb. See bottom of page.

The satellite tomb with a corbelled roof on the chamber

Situated: These tombs are situated on the Dowth Estate, about 500 metres east of the main Dowth passage tomb.

Discovery Map 43. O 0300 7398. Last visit Aug 2018.

Longitude: 6° 26' 24" W

Latitude: 53° 42' 19" N

Google Map.

Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutierrez.


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