Newgrange Passage Tomb
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June 1st, 2005 – by: kingelvis14
Do you actually think this very unusual occurrence could happen by chance? Absolutely not! These farmers/engineers/astrologers didn't have the advantage of a college education, but they built this sophisticated structure without the aid of anything more than their primitive tools and the sweat of their brow. The mound covering the tomb is constructed of 200,000 tons of earth and water-rolled pebbles, probably taken from the River Boyne. The mound, which is 250 feet across and covers an entire acre, is retained by 97 massive curb-stones lying end to end and topped with white granite and quartz boulders.
This prehistoric tomb was found quite by accident when farmers were gathering the unusual quartz stones and thought they had discovered a cave. After 5,000 years, the sides of the tomb had collapsed outward and the stones had been scattered over several acres. What visitors see today when they tour the area is actually a controversial restoration; no one really knows where the white stones were originally placed. In other tomb restorations in the area, the same white stones were found but they were used to form an "apron" on the ground at the entrance of the tomb.
The only way to see these brilliantly restored tombs is to take a $$$$ guided tour. This is actually a huge tourist attraction here in Ireland (kinda like Disneyland in Orlando?) and I am very glad that we were visiting before the rush of the summer season. Whew! We paid our fare, got our tickets, and waited until time for our tour bus to take us out to the tomb area. Des had been here several times before and wasn't interested in the tour; he killed time in the cafeteria and walking around the grounds. Such a nice guy. Leigh Ann is intrigued by people more than she is in a pile of old rocks. That is why I have no pictures. Except of our bus driver, who had a strange resemblance to my father-in-law (he died in 1991). Leigh thought the likeness to her grandfather was a little bit unsettling and wanted to snap his picture. Shaw is definitely Irish ..... hmmmmm ....... I wonder???
Our next stop ~~ Trim Castle ~~ made famous in the movie Braveheart.
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