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ASTROARCHEOLOGY IN IRELAND


PHOTO GALLERY 1 : GENERAL OVERVIEW


The Irish megalithic monuments date from the Mesolithic and Neolithic period. They were built as sacred sites from 5,800 to 3,000 BCE by the Tuatha Dé Danaan (People of the Goddess Danu), indigenous people who inhabited Ireland before the invasion of the Indo-European Celts in the Bronze Age. These Irish artworks are the oldest known astronomical observatories in the world. All photos (see below for owners)

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Newgrange
Construced 3,200 BCE

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Entrance to Newgrange
with roofox above

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Sunbeam entering roofbox at Newgrange


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Calendar petroglyphs
on backstone of Cairn T,
Loughcrew, County Meath

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Illuminated backstone
Dawn, Spring Equinox (detail)
Cairn T, Loughcrew

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Closeup of solar symbol
illuminated by sunbeam at dawn
Cairn T, Loughcrew


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Stone circle
aligned to Winter Solstice
Drombeg, Co. Cork

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Sunbeam entering Cairn G
Carrowkeel
Summer Solstice sunset

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Dolmen at Carrowmore
County Sligo


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Engraved stone at Knowth
from "The Stars & the Stones"
drawn by Martin Brennan

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Calendar petroglyphs
correlating sun and moon cycles
Knowth

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Classification of petroglyphs
from "The Stars & the Stones"
drawn by Martin Brennan


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Dawn sunbeam, Halloween
Cairn L, Carrowkeel

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The Dagda's Cauldron
basin stone at Knowth

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Cairn D
Loughcrew


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Panoramic view
chambers and passage
Newgrange

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Queen Maeve's cairn
on the summit of Knocknarea
Ireland's largest unexcavated
megalithic site

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Plan of Newgrange passage
and central chamber
showing path of sunbeam
on Winter Solstice sunrise


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Astronomical alignment
Newgrange

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Astronomical alignments
in the Boyne Valley

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Principal Irish
megalithic sites


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Triple spiral petroglyph
Newgrange


Most photographs Copyright Martin Byrne / Sacred Island
Loughcrew calendar petroglyph photo Victor Reijs / There is more between heaven and earth
Knowth calendar petroglyph photo Antony Murphy / Mythical Ireland
Petroglyph illustrations Martin Brennan

 


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