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Newgrange entrance

 

The huge decorated stone, originally, would have been climbed over to access the tomb and then the huge slab at the side of the entrance would have to be moved aside.  The square entry above the 'pedestrian' entry allows the dawn sun, at the Winter Solistice (approx. 21 December) to shine down the 19 metre passage to illuminate the burial chamber.  This suggests to archaeologists that the burials must have been associated with a religion based on the sun.  Photography inside the tomb was not allowed, which is a pity, since the domed roof of the burial chamber is very interesting - there's a picture here (https://deirdremorgan1.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/corbelled-vault-at-newgrange.jpg) - and the chamber and the passage are still waterproof after 5,000 years.

 

Newgrange entrance

 

The huge decorated stone, originally, would have been climbed over to access the tomb and then the huge slab at the side of the entrance would have to be moved aside.  The square entry above the 'pedestrian' entry allows the dawn sun, at the Winter Solistice (approx. 21 December) to shine down the 19 metre passage to illuminate the burial chamber.  This suggests to archaeologists that the burials must have been associated with a religion based on the sun.  Photography inside the tomb was not allowed, which is a pity, since the domed roof of the burial chamber is very interesting - there's a picture here (https://deirdremorgan1.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/corbelled-vault-at-newgrange.jpg) - and the chamber and the passage are still waterproof after 5,000 years.

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 28 Jul 2015, 03:30
How beautiful is this!!!
Tom Wilson: Imagine the awe it must have engendered in stone age man!
Intriguing, Tom....
Tom Wilson: A very interesting place altogether, Frank.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Jul 2015, 06:48
I am intrigued by those swirls, early artwork if ever I saw it Tom
Tom Wilson: Very much so, Chris - and of course no one knows what they were intended to convey - much the same as modern art smile
Oh yes, this brings back memories Tom. I was fascinated by this stone.
Tom Wilson: A very early version of conceptual art, one might say smile
This is so beautiful Tom! Thank you for the interesting words.
Tom Wilson: Glad you like it, Richard.
and some entrance it is
Tom Wilson: Monumental!
Your last sentence astounded me. This is amazing!
Tom Wilson: The stones in the ceiling of the burial chamber were all slanted on top of one another and gaps were filled in with a kind of mortar made from clay and sand and there's not a trace of dampness in the place!
Love the markings on that stone Tom. It's an ancient and awe inspiring place
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Janet
Amazing work, they certainly knew what they were doing all those years ago.
Tom Wilson: They certainly did, Brian.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2015, 12:44
Beautiful textures.
Tom Wilson: Yes, the different kinds of stone make it, don't they.
this is very interesting Tom, thank you for the link
Tom Wilson: A fascinating place, Ayush.

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