Earth: The Riches of Clare
Stone Disc Bead
Poulnabrone, County Clare
Poulnabrone Portal Tomb on the Burren dates to the Neolithic and a series of radiocarbon dates on bones found there range from c3800-3200 BC.
The tomb consists of a single chamber with the entrance flanked by two large portal stones and topped with an enormous capstone.
The chamber is encased in a very low cairn, which may not have been any higher in antiquity. The chamber contained the disarticulated bones of at least 21 Neolithic men, women and children as well as bones of cattle, sheep/goat, dog and other smaller animals. Just outside the entrance, the complete skeleton of a Bronze Age newborn baby was found.
This perforated stone disc bead was one of two found at the tomb.
Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland