Another stop on our tour of the Burren was the Poulnabrone Portal Tomb. No one knows who originally built portal tombs (aka dolmens, aka quoits), or for what purpose, but because human remains are usually found in or near the portal tombs, most people think that they served as ancient burial chambers.
The Poulnabrone Portal Tomb dates from 3,800 – 3,600 BCE and the remains of 22 people from the Neolithic era were excavated here (read more about it here if you’re so inclined).
The tomb is set on a field of limestone clints (huge blocks) and grykes (resulting crevices between the blocks). It was raining the day we visited (of course), and the limestone was extremely “slippy.” Our tour guide told us about a woman who slipped during one of his tours and donated her camera to the ground — it fell into one of the grykes and she never got it back. It was also her last day of vacation, so she lost all of her pictures. Needless to say, I held on very tightly to my phone during this stop and lamented my lack of a wrist strap.
Cows wandering around an ancient monument: NBD.
The path to and from the portal tomb is lined with mossy trees and dry stone walls. This was early in my trip to Ireland, so I was absolutely LOVING all the green. (Still am.)