Monknewtown facts for kids
|Baile Nua na Manach|
Ruined medieval church at Monknewtown and graveyard
|Location||valley of the River Boyne|
|Region||County Meath, Ireland|
|Type||henge, ritual pond|
|Part of||Brú na Bóinne|
|Criteria||i, iii, iv|
|Designated||1993 (17th session)|
|Part of||Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne|
|Region||Europe and North America|
Monknewtown (Irish: Baile Nua na Manach, meaning new town of the monks), historically called Rathenskin, is a townland 3 km east of Slane in County Meath, Ireland. It stands on the right bank of the Mattock River, which feeds several historic watermills nearby and which forms approximately the townland's eastern boundary with Keerhan and Sheepgrange townlands in County Louth. Neighbouring townlands to the south are Balfeddock, Knowth, and Crewbane, to the west Cashel, Mooretown, and Knockmooney. The northern boundary of Monknewtown with Kellystown is formed by a tributary of the Mattock River, while the southern boundary is formed by the N51 road. Other than the latter, only minor roads traverse the townland, among them L5606 from west to east.
A ford crosses the Mattock River in the northeastern part of the townland, connecting Monknewtown with Keerhan.
The pond probably dates to the later Neolithic, being a later addition to the complex, and consists of a 2 meter high earth bank that creates a 30-meter diameter enclosure that is filled with water.
The site may have played a preliminary or final role in prehistoric activities connected with the tombs and other ritual sites to the south.
- Lewis-Williams, D. and Pearce, D., Inside the Neolithic Mind, Thames and Hudson, London, 2005, ISBN: 0-500-05138-0
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