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Parts of a longboat found by River Boyne anglers are 5,000 years old

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ryaner Posted by ryaner
23rd November 2018ce

Recent drought led to archaeological discovery of circular enclosure near Newgrange

Anthony Murphy, founder of Mythical Ireland, made the discovery when flying drones in the Brú na Bóinne area yesterday evening.

A LARGE CIRCULAR enclosure, or henge, has been revealed near the UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Newgrange in Co Meath... continues...
ryaner Posted by ryaner
12th July 2018ce

Permission refused for proposed Slane bypass

Permission refused for proposed Slane bypass
An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the proposed Slane bypass in Co Meath, a decision which has infuriated some local residents... continues...
ryaner Posted by ryaner
7th March 2012ce

Ancient dugout canoe discovered

"HISTORIANS are probing links between an ancient dugout canoe discovered on the banks of the Boyne and the landmark Newgrange site.

"The canoe, which has an unusual design and is believed to be unique in Ireland, was yesterday removed from the river by experts from the National Museum."

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Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
30th June 2010ce
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I've been to the Complex three times now. On the whole the preservation of the area, and the way tourism here is carefully managed, seems understandable, bearing in mind that people live here and don't need their roads choked with cars. The Visitor Centre is also impressively unobtrusive.

I just can't help getting the urge, though, to stick two fingers up at the buses that you are strong-armed into using in order to get to Newgrange and Knowth. On all three visits I have wished I walked to the tombs instead and this has been the source of a couple of heated discussions with my partner.

I just can't stand feeling openly "managed" at such sites.
Cursuswalker Posted by Cursuswalker
14th February 2004ce


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National Monuments Service

Further details of Brú na Bóinne aerial survey released

Date Released: Thursday, December 20, 2018

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht releases further details of archaeological discoveries at Newgrange within the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne

To mark the winter solstice when the rising sun illuminates the burial chamber of the Great Passage Tomb of Newgrange, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has today (21 December) released further details of the archaeological discoveries made this year within the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, close to Newgrange Passage Tomb.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st December 2018ce

Boyne Valley Megalithic Passage Tombs

Resource site for the Boyne Valley megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Other sites covered are the nearby megalithic sites at Fourknocks, Loughcrew and Tara.
knowth Posted by knowth
7th March 2004ce

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Dowth I (Passage Grave) — Links

Dowth Megalithic Tomb, Bru na Boinne, Ireland

Survey work by David Strange-Walker of Trent & Peak Archaeology and Marcus Abbott of ArcHeritage. Thanks to Dr Steve Davis of University College Dublin, and the Office of Public Works, Ireland, for funding this project.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
14th January 2019ce

Dowth — News

‘The find of a lifetime': Megalithic passage tomb dating back 5,500 years found in Co Meath

To date, two burial chambers have been discovered within the western part of the main passage.

A MEGALITHIC PASSAGE tomb cemetery dating back some 5,500 years has been unearthed beside Dowth Hall in Co Meath.

The discovery is within the Brú na Bóinne heritage site. The excavation is being carried out by agri-technology company Devenish in partnership with UCD’s School of Archaeology.

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16th July 2018ce

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Newgrange (Passage Grave) — Links

Mythical Ireland - Newgrange folklore

"The earliest antiquarians who visited, documented, sketched and spoke about Newgrange sometimes get a hard time from the modern academic establishment. The writings of Lhwyd and Molyneux and Pownall and Vallancey are all criticised for one reason or another (poor Charles Vallancey is largely ridiculed, perhaps because he referred to Newgrange as a Mithraic temple). All of the early antiquarian accounts of the monument are valuable for one reason or another. Some of them have captured aspects of the monument that have disappeared since they wrote. Without the tools and techniques of modern archaeology, all of them were poking around in the dark, so to speak. They couldn't have known the true age of Newgrange, nor could they have appreciated the skills of the artists and builders who created it, those whom they all too often referred to as barbarous. .... "
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20th July 2017ce

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