Earth: The Riches of Clare

Pottery Sherd

Parknabinnia, County Clare

Parknabinnia Court Tomb on Roughan Hill dates from about the middle of the fourth millennium BC, and consists of a cairn with a gallery of three chambers fronted by a small forecourt. Excavation showed that the chambers contained large numbers of human and animal bones.

Most were placed in the tomb in a disarticulated state but some of the bones appear to have been partially articulated and some were cremated.

These pottery sherds are just some of a concentration of sherds found in front of Parknabinnia Tomb. All appear to be from the same vessel. The original vessel was probably used in a ritual at the tomb and may have contained an offering.

Ref: 98E0230:19a

Ceramics and Enamel Collection
Death and Burial Collection
National Museum of Ireland, Irish Antiquities Division Collection
Neolithic Collection

Parknabinnia Collection

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

Database of Irish Excavations Report
Megalithomania Court Tomb

Karst of Ireland - The Burren

Pottery Sherd, 98E0230:19a