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.

Ref: E351:49

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

Poulnabrone Collection

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

Database of Irish Excavations Report
Megalithomania Portal Tomb
Chronological Methods 8 - Radiocarbon Dating
Karst of Ireland - The Burren

Stone Disc Bead, E351:49