Excavations at Knowth Volume 7: The Megalithic Art of the Passage Tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath
Published by Royal Irish Academy
Number of pages: 902
The complex of passage tombs at Knowth is dated c. 3200–2900 BC, and this volume deals with one of the most significant aspects of the site. It presents a complete catalogue of the 390 recorded carved stones at Knowth, through descriptions, drawings and photographs. Six main styles of art have been identified and these are discussed, together with the motifs and techniques employed. The Knowth carvings constitute c. 46% of all such art in Ireland, and the volume sets the Knowth art in the context of the other Irish carvings, those in western and northern Britain, and also the somewhat earlier art found on megalithic tombs in Atlantic Europe.
"This substantial volume represents a fitting coda to almost sixty years of research led by Professor George Eogan [and] the culmination of over five decades of research on megalithic art by Dr Elizabeth Shee Twohig...There is plenty here for both the specialist and the amateur alike...This is an absolutely essential book for anyone with an interest in megalithic art and the European Neolithic, and comes highly recommended." Dr Stephen Davis (UCD), Irish Arts Review, Spring 2022