Poulnabrone Dolmen is a classic example of a Portal Tomb with 2 tall portal stones flanking the entrance to a rectangular stone-lined chamber which is covered by a Capstone.
Archeological excavations carried out between 1986-1988 revealed that at least 33 individuals were buried in the Chamber, including infants, children and adults.
It is likely that the bones, which were highly fragmented, were buried elsewhere and transferred to this Tomb around 3,000 BC!
Personal possessions buried with the deceased included polished stone axe, decorated bone pendant, stone beads, quartz crystals, flint weapons and fragments of pottery.
Radiocarbon dating has shown that those buried in the Chamber died in the period 4,200-2,900 BC dating them firmly in the Neolithic or New Stone Age.
The Tomb continues to dominate this rugged landscape to this day and is the most photographed Dolmen in Ireland.
It was awesome to stand here and view this wonderful piece of history!
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Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren, Co Clare

Poulnabrone Dolmen is a classic example of a Portal Tomb with 2 tall portal stones flanking the entrance to a rectangular stone-lined chamber which is covered by a Capstone. Archeological excavations carried out between 1986-1988 revealed that at least 33 individuals were buried in the Chamber, including infants, children and adults. It is likely that the bones, which were highly fragmented, were buried elsewhere and transferred to this Tomb around 3,000 BC! Personal possessions buried with the deceased included polished stone axe, decorated bone pendant, stone beads, quartz crystals, flint weapons and fragments of pottery. Radiocarbon dating has shown that those buried in the Chamber died in the period 4,200-2,900 BC dating them firmly in the Neolithic or New Stone Age. The Tomb continues to dominate this rugged landscape to this day and is the most photographed Dolmen in Ireland. It was awesome to stand here and view this wonderful piece of history!

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