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PHOTO GALLERY 2 : RESTORATION WORK UNDERWAY AT KNOWTH


These photos, taken in 1999 and 2000, show the controversial restoration work carried out on the large cairn at Knowth, in the Boyne Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most offensive item is the concrete slab which blocks the entrance to the 36m Eastern passage, preventing the sunlight from entering the passage at dawn around the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. Note also the modern metal footbridge which jars with the aesthetic of the stone monument. All photos 1999 - 2000 Anthony Murphy / Mythical Ireland

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Metal footbridge
to the Eastern passage

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Eastern passage entrance
blocked by concrete slab

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Knowth West
gnomon (standing stone)
used to cast sun shadow

West entrancee
with gnomon (standing stone)
used to cast sun shadow

Sunbeam entering
Western passage on the evening
of the Autumn Equinox

 

 


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