Ireland - Newgrange County Meath, Irish countryside & Boyne River
The Megalithic passage tomb at Newgrange Ireland is over 5000 years old & part of the Boyne Valley necropolis, which also encompasses the Knowth & Dowth prehistoric sites.
The Irish megalithic passage Tombs at Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, including Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth, were constructed circa 3500 BC, before the Pyramids of Egypt, according to radio-carbon dating analysis of the Newgrange site.
Image of Irish countryside & sheep grazing at Brú na Boinne Co. Meath Ireland - adjoining the ancient Irish megalithic site of Newgrange.
The exact use & original purpose of the passage tombs of Ireland has long been debated between traditional archaeologists & those who see a deeper significance to the stone structures.
Some speculate that the astronomically aligned sites at Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth were built by survivors from a continent which once may have existed in the Atlantic Ocean - Atlantis, to preserve ancient teachings.
Those who have stood in the centre of a Ring Fort or close to ancient standing stones will understand the tranquility and feeling of Oneness with the Universe which such a casual encounter with our Celtic past can evoke.
Continent of Atlantis map.
From William Scott-Elliot's The Story of Atlantis & the Lost Lemuria published 1909.
Kerb stone at Newgrange with spiral symbols.
At Newgrange, sunlight during the December winter solstice illuminates the inner passage & Chamber annually. Similarly in the Egyptian Pyramids, the ceremonial inner sanctum was aligned with the Pole star & constellations.
During 1999 a Canadian scientist discovered a prehistoric map of the moon's surface engraved on stone within the inner chamber at Knowth, It was part of a rock carving which was highlighted by the nocturnal lunar light.
BBC Science Report.
There are also similarities in the construction of Irish passage tombs & the later pyramids of Egypt, in particular the
Egyptian pyramid at Abu Simel.
At both locations, astronomical alignments play a key role in the significance of the structures. Many believe the ancient stone sites are/were charged with an energy or power.
The stones are decorated with ancient spiral symbols depicting the site's location.