- Knowth, Co. Meath -
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Knowth is a cluster of megalithic passage tombs constructed over 5,000 years ago (pre-dating the pyramids of Giza!). A Great Mound is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds. People have been using this site as a place to live, bury their dead, work, and for ceremonies and festivals since 4,000 BC. Since they left no written records, we know very little about the creators of these burial mounds. The carved "kerbstones" were moved to this site from many miles away. Later inhabitants covered them with clay and earth dug from ditches created around the tombs, thus preserving the carvings beautifully.