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Newgrange passage tomb

 

Built between 3100 and 3200 BC, and predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange is actaully the smallest of the three passage tombs in the Boyne Valley - the others, Dowth and Knowth, however, are not as open to visitors, althgough they can be viewed externally.  The figure on the right gives some idea of the scale of the construction, which covers 4,500 sq. metres and is 12 metres high.  Wikipedia has a good article about the tomb.  Entering the tomb is not something for anyone suffering from claustrophobia - there is a 19 metre passage to be negotiated before you can stand upright in the burial chamber and at one point you have to move sideways through the narrowest of the gaps.

 

 

Newgrange passage tomb

 

Built between 3100 and 3200 BC, and predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange is actaully the smallest of the three passage tombs in the Boyne Valley - the others, Dowth and Knowth, however, are not as open to visitors, althgough they can be viewed externally.  The figure on the right gives some idea of the scale of the construction, which covers 4,500 sq. metres and is 12 metres high.  Wikipedia has a good article about the tomb.  Entering the tomb is not something for anyone suffering from claustrophobia - there is a 19 metre passage to be negotiated before you can stand upright in the burial chamber and at one point you have to move sideways through the narrowest of the gaps.

 

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 27 Jul 2015, 03:39
It is a wondrous thing, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Amazing - some of the big stones came from 70kms away - overland with no wheeled vehicles!
it is quite the thing Tom... the man in the photo gives a pretty good scale to its size...
your description of the inside is enough to let someone else show me pictures of it...
i didn't think that i was claustrophobic before now....petersmile
Tom Wilson: It was certainly a bit of a squeeze!
Well that's just odd! The figure does add some needed scale!
Tom Wilson: Imagine three of them in the same area and more than 40 smaller tombs! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Jul 2015, 06:52
Fascinating stuff Tom. Nearby to us, parts of Wiltshire have similar constructions too
Tom Wilson: Yes - they are quite widespread in Europe.
Interesting... I've never even known of this place before. Did you go through the passageway?
Tom Wilson: Yes, I squeezed through smile I don't think anyone got stuck smile
This is quite something Tom! Thank you for the Wikipedia tip.
Tom Wilson: It's a fascinating area!
Fascinating Tom.......nice shot smile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Martin.
Is this in England?
Tom Wilson: In Ireland, Mary - about half an hour north of Dublin.
I think I could manage to overcome the claustrophobia to see inside this
Tom Wilson: It's worth the squeeze, Bill
It is very impressive to be here Tom, we had a little ride on a transporter from the visitor's centre quite late in the evening! The reconstruction is beautiful but they are only suggesting that this was how it originally appeared.
Tom Wilson: Yes, there's a certain amount of disagreement among archaeologists particularly over the height of the white stones, but the argument of the guy who did it is quite persuasive in my view - based on how far the stones had fallen from the base.
That really goes back a bit Tom. A fascinating place
Tom Wilson: One of the oldest constructions around, Janet.
This is something I've never heard of, it sounds a most interesting place to visit.
Tom Wilson: I'd never heard of it before my first visit to Ireland years ago, Brian - and it certainly is interesting.
sounds like an amazing place...
Tom Wilson: It's quite incredible that in quite a small area there are two more, bigger tombs and about 40 smaller!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jul 2015, 16:01
It seems to be a well designed wine cellar, by your description. (Oh yes, I know the place and have been there).
Tom Wilson: It would be perfect, Louis! smile
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 27 Jul 2015, 20:06
This is a place I must visit, Tom - and within reach
Tom Wilson: Yes - a flight to Dublin and then get Mary Gibbons's Newgrange tour - by far the best way to do it - her Website has a mine of information on Irish archaeology. http://newgrangetours.com/

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