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The new CavanBurren.ie website is currently under construction.Please bear with us as we update the website over the next month or so. A lot of the content for the new site will be based on the recent findings of Gaby Burns and Jim Nolan published in the book "Burren-Marlbank A Prehistoric Monumental Landscape". The book is currently on sale and will be available as a completely free download form this website from the 19th of December 2018. New website pages will be appearing in pre-release format over the next number of weeks so please call back to see the latest updates.
A Prehistoric Monumental Landscape
In the Burren forest, and immediate surrounding area, meticulous fieldwork and recording has so far produced an account of some
30km of relict walling with evidence of prehistoric stone-working, 150 dwelling sites, 160+ modified monumental boulders (which
includes 40 propped stones), traditional rock art at 25 new sites plus an additional 85 'sculpting' rock art sites, all previously
Within the Cavan Burren Park there are more than 50 hut sites and over 10km of prehistoric walls. Incorporated within these
settlement features are over 150 boulder monuments - 100 having either Rock Art and/or Rock Sculptings. Nowhere else in Europe
is rock art to be found in the context of settlement features in such numbers. In addition to the rock art there is a variety of boulder
monuments and a form of rock art, sculptings, as yet generally unknown to archaeologists. The extensive area covered by the
settlement features and boulder monuments can be described as the 'other' Cavan Burren as it is slightly of the beaten track.
Nevertheless, although not on the new paved trails, the sites are all easily accessible from the forest road, are well signposted and
have maintained trails through the trees with waymarker posts throughout.
The boulder monuments, rock art and sculptings are mostly incorporated in the walls and may be regarded as all more or less
contemporary with the settlement features. Based upon existing evidence these are probably contemporary with the Giant’s Leap
Wedge Tomb. The limestone bedrock in this area has prevented soil build up, in fact soil erosion has meant all these prehistoric
settlement features remain on the surface - a total 30km of wall and over 150 hut sites in the extended area surrounding Burren -
despite this no excavation has yet been undertaken by any Irish University. It would probably only take one excavation of a hut site
to date the whole extended complex.