Monday, 4 February 2013

The Burren

The Burren is a stark and remarkable landscape of jigsaw patters in the limestone, scoured by glaciers and worn away by erosion. The whole place feels otherworldly, a feeling only increased by the alien-looking fossils found through the rocks, and the caverns that run underneath. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that ancient Irish built Stonehenge-like monuments, like the dolmen in the background, to worship here.


Leo said...

Dolmens were built as tombs, not as places of worship. They would usually be covered up, so a newly constructed tomb would appear as a barrow, but natural processes and reuse of mound materials results in the bare structure seen today.

Brian Kaller said...


Fair enough; we don't know that they were places of worship. People here tend to think they were, though, and I suspect that if they had burials there, they had religious rites.