Knowth cemetery, Tomb 5. This tomb is located c. 22m SW of the great mound, Tomb 1C, and it is also c. 18m NW of Tomb 4 and c. 12m S of the chamber of Tomb 6. Very little evidence of this tomb remains. It consists of 8 kerbstones, only 2 of which are in situ, but a layer of redeposited boulder clay (max. T c. 0.3m) and some shale that regularly constitutes mound material is present. Some stones that are deposited in nearby drains could have derived from the passage of a tomb. There is no other evidence of the tomb, except that one displaced stone has an incised double chevron, or perhaps a snake, with a small circle and a small rectangle. There is no reconstruction of a mound. (Eogan 1974, 30-4, Site 10; 1984, 39-41, Site 5; 1986, 88-9)
The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.
Date of upload: 10 July 2007
Revised: 16 September 2020
See the attached plans:
_1 Cemetery plan, from Knowth 6, Fig. 2:1;
_2 Tomb plan, from Knowth 1, Fig. 18Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage