Don’t tell me, How can a burial place be more attractive than a Palace 🙂 I wish I was buried in there.
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.
Built during the Neolithic period around c. 3200 and 3100BC
The New grange monument, basically consists of a large mound, built of alternating layers of earth and stones
It covers an area of over 1 acre
The mound is 76m across and 12m high and covers 1.1 acres of ground.
According to Professor Frank Mitchell, the monument could have been built within a space of 5 years while
M.J. O’Kelly and his archaeological team, believed that it would have taken almost 30 years to build it.
Newgrange has the triskele like features found on the entrance stone. It is approximately 3m long and 1.2m high and weighs about 5 tons.
The site evidently continued to have some ritual significance into the Iron Age.
Within the mound, is a chambered passage, that stretches for 19m (60 ft). The walls of this passage are made up of large stone slabs, 22 of which are on the west side and 21 on the east, which average out at 1.5m in height.
In 1993, UNESCO accepted it as a World Heritage Site.
Studies on this site began in the 17th century
It’s today, one of the most popular tourist sites; gathering 200,000 people/year and archaeologists have declared it, The Great National Monument of Ireland.
The stones which were used on the Entrance, were the most famous stones of the megalithic art.
The Neolithic builders of Newgrange were native Agriculturalists & they had not yet developed metal, so all their tools would have been made out of Stone, Wood, Antler or Bone.
The Pyramids are about 600 years younger than Newgrange.
Newgrange is almost 1000 years elder Stonehenge
The stones of Cairn altogether, weighed around 200,000 tons
Excavations have revealed deposits of both burnt and unburnt human bone in the passage, indicating human corpses were indeed placed within it, some of which had been cremated.
Excavations of late 1960s and early 1970s revealed: –
It’s a debate between religion, rituals and astronomy
In 1699, a local landowner, Charles Campbell, ordered some of his farm labourers to dig up a part of Newgrange, the labourers soon discovered the entrance to the tomb within the mound then an antiquarian named Edward Lhwyd took interest in the monument
The Celts didn’t build Newgrange; it was built about 2500 years before the first Celt set foot in Ireland.
Knowth and Dowth, the two sister sites of Newgrange have also been designated the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Newgrange is a large Kidney shaped mound
At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, as the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am and to experience this fantasy, lottery application forms are filled by thousands of people.
Newgrange was said to be the home of the god Dagda, his wife Boann and their son Aonghus, the god of love.
Visitor access to Newgrange today is via, the Bru Na Boinne Visitors Centre.
Two other mounds of similar size were built in the Boyne Valley, Knowth and Dowth.
The roof of the inner chamber is of Corbelled construction, it hasn’t leaked in 5000 years.
It is the Hottest place to spend winter and the Coolest one for the summers 🙂