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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ireland - Part 4 - Newgrange

What is Newgrange and how old is it?  In layman's terms, it is a burial mound from a couple of thousand years ago.  The actual use of the mound is debatable.  It was constructed between 3100 and 2900 B.C.  It is considered a prehistoric monument.  While Newgrange has been restored, other mounds nearby called Knowth and Dowth are still being researched and possibly restored today.

The area is known as Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is adjacent to the River Boyne in County Meath just southwest of Drogheda, Louth, Ireland.  This location is definitely worth visiting.  There is so much history in the location.  If you are of Irish decent, you never know if your ancient ancestors might have originated in this location. 

Copyright 2004 - Newgrange

Copyright 2004 - The bridge across the River Boyne at the Newgrange visitor center (Brú na Bóinne).

Copyright 2004 - Newgrange

Copyright 2004 - Entry into the mound

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