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 Mattock River, which feeds several historic watermills nearby.
The pond probably dates to the later Neolithic, being a later addition to the complex, and consists of a 2m high earth bank that creates a 30m 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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