Fourknocks Passage Tomb, Fourknocks. County Meath     c. 3000 b. c.

The Fourknocks passage tomb dates to c.3000 b.c. Its name may derive from the Irish word ‘Fuair Cnocs’ that translates to ‘cold hills’ or it just may refer to the 4 tombs on the nearby hills. It has a short passage that leads into a wide pear shaped chamber which has 3 smaller offset chambers. The tomb was excavated in 1952 and fragments of 65 burials were found that had both cremated and un-cremated remains of both adults and children. Decorated pottery, vessels and personal ornaments (including pendants and beads) were also found and moved to the National Museum of Ireland. Inside the entrance to the left there is a rare representation of a human face that dates to the Neolithic period. This face is about 3 feet high and looks like some kind of prehistoric smiley face! There are two more passage tombs in the next field but these are overgrown with grass and furze bushes. A notice and a map on the outside of the tomb says ‘a key for the entrance door to this passage tomb can be obtained from ‘Mr Fintan White’ who lives down the road!