Earth: The Riches of Clare
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.
Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland