Newgrange: One of the oldest sites in the world

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Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago, around 3,200 BC during the Stone Age.  Making Newgrange older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.  It was built as a tomb, interestingly on the inside it is in the shape of a cross.  The tomb also marks the winter solstice when the light from the arch above the entrance fills the walkway into the tomb and the tomb itself, for about 7 minutes as the sunrises.

The tomb was created by stacking large rocks and boulders from the surrounding area, before the wheel was invented.  The entrance and main hall into the center of the tomb is lined with massive boulders, some up to 4-5 feet tall.  You have to bend down and shimmy your way into the center of the tomb.  Once in the center the ceiling opens up into a tall rounded shape and there are 3 smaller tombs or alters filled with stone carvings.

Once in the center of the tomb it gets really fascinating!  By the time you reach the center, the ground is at the same level as the arch over the entrance door and the horizon, making it the perfect height to take in the light on winter solstice.  Also, the entire structure was built without any mortar, just stones lying over one another.  Yet, the tomb has never leaked or shown any signs of water intrusion, pretty remarkable engineering for 5,000 years ago!

We were not allowed to take pictures inside the tomb since it is a sacred site.  But here are some we took all around the outside.  Hope you enjoy!

The tomb

The tomb

The entrance into the tomb and entrance stone

The entrance into the tomb and entrance stone

The edge of the tomb on the eastern side

The edge of the tomb on the eastern side

Stone circles

Stone circles

Stone carvings at the rear of the site.

Stone carvings at the rear of the site.

Outlying building

Outlying building

The family at Newgrange

The family at Newgrange

Yours truly!

Yours truly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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