Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb

Fourknocks Aerial View
Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb - Aerial View

Fourknocks is an ancient Passage Tomb constructed approximately 5,000 years ago, situated 10 miles (16km) southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. The name Fourknocks is from the Irish Fuair Cnoic meaning Cold Hills.

Fourknocks features a short passage that opens into a spacious pear-shaped chamber, with three smaller offset chambers. The original roof was probably a wooden structure supported by a central pole. However, in 1952, following a two-year excavation, a modern concrete roof was installed to preserve the structural integrity.

During the excavation, a fascinating array of artifacts and human remains was unearthed within the tomb. Among the 65 burials discovered were both cremated and unburnt remains of adults and children. The site revealed an assortment of items, including intricately decorated pottery, vessels, and personal ornaments such as pendants and beads. In a bid to safeguard these valuable historical finds, all excavated items were relocated to the National Museum. The discoveries at Fourknocks provide valuable insights into the lives and practices of the ancient community that once inhabited the area.

Fourknocks Face Stone
Fourknocks Face Stone
| Possibily anthropomorphic (representing a human form)

Upon entering the chamber, one encounters a rare possible representation of a human face from the Neolithic Period in Ireland, positioned to the left of the entrance. Standing at approximately 3 feet (1 meter) in height, the Face Stone bears a resemblance to a prehistoric smiley face.

The key for the entrance door to Fourknocks Passage Tomb can be got from Mrs. Margaret White who lives a few minutes drive from the Tomb. Directions are signposted from Fourknocks. A cash deposit must be given which is refundable on the safe return of the key. The key should be returned before 6pm.

Two more Passage Tombs in the next field are overgrown with grass and furze bushes. There is no public access to these Monuments from the main Tomb with a "No Through Access" sign to discourage visitors from climbing over the fence.

Winter Solstice rising sun at Fourknocks
Winter Solstice rising sun at Fourknocks on December 21st 2023

Aerial view of the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Fourknocks Images of Fourknocks.

There are two unexcavated sites in a field next to the main mound which are overgrown with grass and furze bushes. There is no public access to the unexcavated sites with a "No Through Access" sign to discourage visitors from climbing over the fence which surrounds the main mound.

Fournocks - Snow covered mound Fourknocks in the Snow. A snow covered landscape in Ireland is unusual, some winters pass without a significant fall of snow. The images of a snow covered Fourknocks were taken on the 29th of December 2000.

The constellation of Cassiopeia Fourknocks - An interpretation by Martin Dier. A very interesting article exploring the less obvious reasons why structures like the Fourknocks were sited where they were. Martin explores Archaeological Considerations, Astronomical Considerations, Engineering, Geomantic Aspects, Yin and Yang, Psychodelia and Sacred Geometry.

P.J. Hartnett who excavated Fourknocks
P.J. Hartnett who excavated Fourknocks (centre of photo)

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Fourknocks stands as a hidden gem, quietly nestled in the heart of the Boyne Valley. While it shares the landscape with its more renowned counterparts, Newgrange and Knowth, its distinct charm and historical significance are often overshadowed by the grandeur of the more celebrated sites. Yet, within the unassuming allure of Fourknocks lies a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, patiently awaiting discovery by those who seek to unravel the mysteries of the past.

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Fourknocks Mound
Entrance to Fourknocks Passage Tomb

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