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Monknewton is located in Ireland
Shown within Ireland
Location valley of the River Boyne
Region County Meath, Ireland
Coordinates 53°43′16″N 6°29′17″W / 53.721°N 6.488°W / 53.721; -6.488
Type henge, ritual pond
Part of Brú na Bóinne
Periods Neolithic
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, iv
Designated 1993 (17th session)
Part of Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
Reference no. 659
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 Mattock River, which feeds several historic watermills nearby.

It also stands on the northern edge of the Neolithic monument complex and World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne which includes the famous site of Newgrange

Two Neolithic sites connected with Monknewtown are the nearby "ritual pond" and henge.

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

Coordinates: 53°43′17″N 6°29′18″W / 53.72139°N 6.48833°W / 53.72139; -6.48833