Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Newgrange county Meath

Newgrange monument is older than the pyramids at Giza and older than the standing stones of Stonehenge, it was built around 3000 BC or a few hundred years older. It is a passage grave that is built in such a way that when the sun rises on the winter Solstice it pass through a long passageway and illuminates the floor in the central chamber. It is thought to be a grave and remained hidden for 4000 years until it was found in the 1700's(it was only found when people thought that they could quarry stone from the hill). This is like our Valley of the kings, there are a lot of burial mounds spread out over the valley "Bru na Boinne", new grange is the most impressive. This is a shot of Newgrange from the road as you come to the visitor centre, if you look at the foreground of the picture you can see the mound of a smaller grave, you can see evidence of more from the newgrange site This is a shot taken on the site. the stone is not painted white it was quarried miles away. the entrance can be seen here. the entrance to the passage, the steps are to protect the carved stone at the entrance. A closer shot of the entrance stone, the spiral design is thought to be a form of writing though no one is sure. In the background you can see the window above the door is where the sun comes in on the winter solstice. one of the many large rocks that form the base of the monument, if you open the picture you can see a design on this rock too. Many of the rocks had designs carved into them. Pictures are not allowed on the inside of the passage, there are hollowed out rocks where they have found remains of at least five people and the ash of cremations. There is also a lot of graffiti carved onto the stones by the people who visited the tomb in the 17 & 1800's.


Leisha Camden said...

Wow, fascinating!! I'd never even heard of this place. That is amazing how old it is. Wonderful to see that it's so well preserved. I bet it's one of those places that school children always get dragged out to on excursions? ;-) I wouldn't have minded going there though ... !

Thanks for teaching me something new today. There's always something to learn. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ah, I love that place... Been there three times by now, and certainly I plan to be back.

Signed up for the lottery when I was there in the summer, in the hopes of winning the chance to be there over midwinter to watch the sun. Not much chance to win I suppose, but then again you never know :)

Paz said...

Thanks both for the comments
Leisha, was not in this condition always they pieced it slowly back together for years before it was unvailed, but it must have been fantastic in the day.

Findabair, Am in that lottery too imagine if both of us got there, LOL. though next time you go back go to fourknocks see new post, cant wait till i get time to go to it.

Leisha Camden said...

But it's good that they've managed to preserve it so well ... even if it took a lot of work. :-)

Good luck in the lottery, both of you!! :-)