Poulnabrone dolmen, known as Poll na mBrón in Gaelic (“hole of the quern stones”), is a portal tomb in the Burren in County Clare, Ireland. Dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BCE and 2900 BCE, the tomb is the final resting place of between 16 and 22 adults and six children who were buried beneath the monument. Personal items buried with the dead include a polished stone axe, a bone pendant, quartz crystals, weapons, and pottery.
Around 1700 BCE, during the Bronze Age, a newborn baby was buried in the portico, just outside the entrance. With its dominating presence on the limestone landscape of the Burren, the tomb was likely a centre for ceremony and ritual until well into the Celtic period, or it may have served as a territorial marker in the Neolithic landscape. [x] [The Burren, County Clare, Ireland, August 2013].
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