Friday, February 18, 2011
Ireland - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne (1)
NEWGRANGE MEGALITHIC PASSAGE TOMB, CO. MEATH : Along the north bank of the River Boyne is the remarkable pre-Christian cemetery Brugh na Boinne, legendary burial place of the kings. It is a series of neolithic tumuli which the three principal mounds are at Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth about 2 kms apart from one another. The Newgrange tumulus has a passageway leading to a central chamber with side recesses for burials. During the winter solstice, the rays of the sun reach the central chamber.
Sent by Claudia, a postcrosser from Ireland.
The monuments of the Bend of the Boyne display longevity of settlement whose origins are found in Neolithic settlements The various monuments, particularly the great passage tomb, represent important cultural, social, artistic and scientific developments over a considerable length of time. Nowhere else in the world is found the continuity of settlement and activity associated with a megalithic cemetery such as that which exists at Brugh na Bòinne. The passage tomb complex represents a spectacular survival of the embodiment of a set of ideas and beliefs of outstanding historical significance unequalled in its counterparts throughout the rest of Europe.