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habitation in Ireland dates back to 7,000 BC, the hunter-gather period, which historians
refer to as the Mesolithic Age. Around 4,000 BC, this wandering lifestyle of Homo-sapiens
came to an end when farming was introduced into the culture by way of what would be later
known as Britain and Western Europe. It is during this period, from 4,000-2,300 BC the
Neolithic Age, that the majority of the Megalithic tombs that we still see today were built,
although some tombs continued to be built well into the Bronze Age beginning around 2,300
BC. Soon after, the construction of large monuments began to decline, but they continued to
erect standing stones well into the end of the Iron Age in 500 AD. Excavations of these
monuments have shown human remains were deposited after cremation. In addition, pottery
and stone tools were laid with burials. Researchers and archaeologists have also discovered
that ritual practices took place at various times of the year, with many of the monuments
carefully positioned by their builders to take into consideration the surrounding landscape as
well as the sunrise, sunset, lunar position and the location of rivers and springs deemed
sacred by the people of that time. Today, many of these outstanding monuments are still with
us, and it is a legacy we can be very proud of and a history and heritage we must continue to
treasure and preserve.
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This website is the result of our on-going love and passion for
Archaeology as well as our devotion to the wonderment of the
many Megalithic monuments throughout Ireland. We continue
to travel the country to bring you some fantastic photos of these
extraordinary monuments, which have stood proudly today as a
durable testament to their ingenious builders. The construction
and use of these monuments have long puzzled us, and even
though today we know much about their history and
construction, there are aspects that remain a mystery. But our
lack of a complete understanding of these edifices does not take
away from their beauty and majesty and, as such, we are
encouraged to think of these great monuments as stone pages in
the book of ancient history and human rituals and beliefs of our
ancestors on this island. Our earliest evidence of human
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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding Megalithic Monuments of
Ireland .com, over a decade of travels around the island of Ireland, to bring you
images of the many megalithic structures that have survived the ravages of time &
mankind. Along with those images, I have coupled my own site notes with those of
the modern survey notes & those of antiquarians, to bring you as much information
as possible. I have truly enjoyed every single year and I look forward to the next
decade of discovery and adventure. Thank you for the many hundreds of visitors &
may you continue to visit here and the sites featured. And remember, do not litter or
disturb the monuments. Leave with fond memories and soft foot-prints.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir agus slán go fóill.
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by Ken Williams
Cartron South Stone Circle, County Galway
Boa Island Carved Stone Figure, Co. Fermanagh
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