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This volume presents the archaeological history of the achievements of the passage tomb builders who constructed and used the Great Mound (Tomb 1) at Knowth over a period of at least three centuries, c. 3200–2900 BC. It explores tomb morphology, the method of construction of Tomb 1, associated burial deposits, and material culture. In addition, it considers the chronology of Tomb 1 and its inter-relationship with the smaller tombs. The site at Knowth in its broader environment, particularly in relation to available building materials, is also discussed.
In addition to the analysis of the construction of the Great Mound, specific chapters in this book explore the dating of the Neolithic human remains from Knowth and the wider significance of these remains; the provenance of the stone used in the construction and decoration of Tomb 1; environmental evidence from Knowth and its landscape setting; and conservation and restoration works at Knowth.
It is intended that the research presented in this volume will lead to a better understanding of the people who built the passage tomb cemetery at Knowth, and also contribute to the wider appreciation of society at the time of its construction and use.