Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Newgrange Passage Tomb Ireland Older Than The Pyramids

I have been back in New York for a week and trying to back into my work routine. I hope to be back to my food blogging self shortly.I wanted to share a few of my experiences from my trip back to Ireland.
Newgrange on the banks of the River Boyne is thought to have been constructed around 3200 BC. To put this in perspective that would make it 600 years older than the Pyramids of Giza and 1000 years older than Stonehenge. Given the time frame there is only conjecture as to why it was built. It is assumed it was a burial site for an ancient people.During the winter solstice the inner part of the “tomb” by light entering through a gap in the top of the doorway and traveling along the passage. It is quite amazing that such an ancient people were able to figure out the astronomy to make this work.


This is not a very good shot of the doorway but it will give you some idea of what I am taking about.

There is some abstract cave art and again the meaning is lost to history..
Here is an aerial satellite view from Google maps to give you an idea of the scale of the site.

View Newgrange Burial Mound Older Than The Pyramids in a larger map

I stitched some photos I took into a 360 degree view. The People in the shot give you an idea of the scale of the mound. The  inner chamber is surprisingly small.

Here is a video giving you an idea of how the light enters the tomb.