Knowth cemetery, Tomb 13: Situated immediately N of the great mound, Tomb 1C. The kerb of Tomb 1Cadopts a straighter course here which suggests that the Tomb 13 mound might pre-date that of the great mound. It consists of the remains of a mound (diam. c. 12.5m) of sods (max. H 0.8m) defined by contiguous kerbstones surviving E-S-W, although 7 of these at SW were altered in antiquity to accommodate Tomb 1C. There are 8in situ orthostats and 12 sockets representing an undifferentiated passage tomb, (int. dims 5.6m NNW-SSE; Wth 0.3-1.2m) opening to the SSE. The tomb has at least 1 sillstone, and a small portion of cremated material was recovered inside the sillstone. One stone from the tomb and 4 of the kerbstones bear megalithic art, usually consisting of single motifs, although one kerbstone has a spiral on top and two concentric circles on the outer face. A stone from a nearby later drain with a concentric circle and a possible spiral might also be from this tomb. The mound is completely reconstructed with replacement kerbstones. (Eogan 1968, 310-14, Site 3; 1984, 72-9, Site 13; 1986, 78-9)
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
Amended: 16 September 2020
See the attached plans:
_1 Cemetery plan from Knowth 6, Fig. 2:1
_2 Tomb plan from Knowth 1, Fig. 38Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage