Photo of the Week: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland

One of the highlights of visiting the Burren region of Ireland is seeing Poulnabrone dolmen, an outstanding Neolithic tomb and National Monument of Ireland.

Over 5000 years old, this portal tomb is one of the best preserved in the country. The dolmen’s classic construction consists of a large capstone resting on top of two sets of upright portal stones flanking the entrance to the tomb. | Photo of the Week: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland

Archaeological excavations in 1986 and 1988 revealed that 33 people (adults and children) were buried under Poulnabrone dolmen around 3000 BCE, after being transferred from another location. Personal items found with the fragmented bones include quartz crystals, a bone pendant, and polished stone axe.

Radiocarbon dating suggests that those buried here died in the Neolithic Period between 4200-2900 BCE, with the most recent burial being a newborn baby from the Bronze Age. | Photo of the Week: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland

Poulnabrone dolmen is located on the R480, about 8 kms south of Ballyvaughan and 9.6 kms northwest of Kilnaboy, so was convenient to visit after my hike in Burren National Park. The site has some excellent information boards about the tomb and landscape of the Burren, plus a large free parking lot. | Photo of the Week: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland

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