On July 24, the archaeologists on the project ventured to Northern Ireland to visit two passage tombs containing megalithic art, Knockmany and Sess Kilgreen. Unfortunately, the landowner of Sess Kilgreen was not home, so we were unable to access the site. However, we made arrangements with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to gain access to Knockmany.
After a short hike, we reached the summit of Knockmany. It offers some breathtaking views of the area. Though it detracts from the experience of a passage tomb, it was excellent to have the protective chamber. The art is better preserved than many of the other passage tombs we have visited where the stones are exposed to the elements. It took us less than half an hour to complete our recordings of the nine stones with featuring art, so our skill has improved. We can’t wait to see the models of these, the art can be seen so well in just the photos!
View of the protective covering
Collins, A.E.P. and Waterman, D.M., 1952. Knockmany Chambered Grave, Co. Tyrone. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, pp.26-30.
Collins, A.E.P. and Meek, H.A., 1960. Knockmany chambered cairn, Co. Tyrone. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 23, pp.2-8.
Notes on visiting Knockmany:
Knockmany is enclosed in a protective building and it is normally locked to the public. There is more information available on the Discover Northern Ireland site.
Notes on visiting Sess Kilgreen
Sess Kilgreen is on private land and requires the owner’s permission to access. It has been reported recently that it is fairly overgrown and covered, so the art may no longer be visible.