The confirmation of megalithic art gives further evidence that the site is a Neolithic passage tomb, as this type of megalithic art is particularly associated with this type of monument. This exciting discovery helps to reinforce the importance of the tomb behind the Hellfire Club, and it gives a tantalising glimpse of what the original tomb may have looked like before its destruction in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The stone and its art is now with the National Museum of Ireland, where it will be further examined and studied by experts and specialists to see if it will reveal any more secrets. You can enjoy a great 3-D model produced by the Discovery Programme below.
We are extremely grateful to Professor Muiris O’Sullivan, Dr Elizabeth Shee Twohig, Ken Williams, the team from the Discovery Programme and the staff of the National Museum of Ireland for all of their help and support.