poulnabrone dolmen, ireland, county clare, burren

Travel Pic Thursday: Poulnabrone Dolmen (Ireland)

From Hawaii last week to Ireland this week, there seems to be an island theme going on for May’s Travel Pic Thursday as we jump into the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren region of County Clare.poulnabrone dolmen, ireland, county clare, burren

Poulnabrone Fast Facts

  • The rocks seen now were once an entry way to an underground tomb. Erosion has left the standing rocks and roof of the entrance exposed.
  • The tomb was used for over 600 years from 3800 to 3200 BC.
  • Despite this length of use, the remains of only 22 bodies were found – apparently there was a bit of exclusivity in getting into the tomb.
  • Archaeologists have found evidence that the bodies had been left to decompose before the remaining bones were placed in the tomb.
  • The roof stone measures 12 feet long; the support stones hold the roof 6 feet up.

poulnabrone dolmen, ireland, county clare, burren

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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS.
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