While driving along a quiet country road through the Burren, I admired the many stone walls which had been built around the many fields, all of them which were to my amazement stone free. You have to know, the Burren in co.Clare are a karst limestone plateau, and wherever you look, you see stones, stones and more stones. Those walls must have been painstakingly built over many years, maybe even handed down from generation to generation. At that moment, I noticed a sign to Poulnabrone tomb, so decided to park the car and investigate it further.
Walking towards the tomb, information signs explained about the tomb, the landscape , the flora and fauna. The tomb itself is a classic example of a portal tomb, flanking the entrance to a rectangular stone lined chamber which is covered by a single large capstone. When Poulnabrone tomb was excavated in the mid 80's ( The days when Duran Duran, Queen,The Cure, The Police ,... were huge and probably were being played on a walkman or cassette player when the excavation was being carried out ), it was revealed that at least 33 individuals were buried in the chamber of the tomb.
The bones , which were badly defragmented, were from adults and kids, both male and female. It is believed that the bones were buried somewhere else and were transferred afterwards to the tomb. Personal possessions buried with the dead included beads, axes, flint weapons,.....
Ireland has a rich history and there are a lot of Neolithic tombs spread across Ireland. Back in the car, I took off again on my journey admiring the landscape of the Burren while listening to an 80's classic, " walking on the moon" (The Police) , which couldn't be any closer to the landscape I had been walking through.