Archaeological site of the Bend of the Boyne

Background Information:

  • Name of Site: Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
  • Location: Ireland
  • Year added to the World Heritage List: 1993
  • Criteria site was nominated for: (i) To represent a masterpiece of human genius, (ii)bearing a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared,(iii) To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.
  • Total number of Cultural or Mixed Heritage Sites in Ireland: 2


  • Site Size: 780 ha
  • Time Period: 3300 B.C.- 400 A.D.
  • Cultural Period Associated with Site: Early “Western” Neolithic to Anglo-Norman/Cistercian
  • Cultural Group Associated with Site: Normans

Archaeological Summary:

Bend of the Boyne has had humans living there around 6,000 years. During the Neolithic era was when the Bend of the Boyne was when humans where most active there. Archaeologists have found many burial sites in this area and many ritualistic artifacts. 

The Bend of the Boyne has been explored for more than a hundred years now. Only 32 ha of the 780 ha is state owned which means the rest of the 780 ha is privately owned. Most of the privately owned portions of the Bend of the Boyne is owned by organizations that are trying to protect the land.

It is said that the Bend of the Boyne is one of the largest and most important prehistoric finds in all of Europe. The Bend of the Boyne also has the largest collection of megalith art in Europe. Another interesting fact about this Archaeological site is that it extends through two long historical periods; they include from the 4th to early 2nd millennia BC and from the Early Iron Age to High Middle Ages.


Links/Media:

http://www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/659

http://mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/sitem/sitem.php


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