“Stunning” and “remarkable” archaeological discoveries made at World Heritage site at Newgrange; Conor Heneghan; Joe

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Immense timber structure found at ‘sacred’ Newgrange site during summer drought; Ronan McGreevy; Irish Times

Newgrange discoveries have ‘truly transformed’ our understanding of ancient site…

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60 lottery winners to witness Winter Solstice at Newgrange; Irish Central

Only a select few people will be able to witness the magic of the winter solstice at Newgrange…

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Newgrange, Monasterboice, and Hill of Tara: Full-Day; Let’s Get Guide

Explore Ireland’s ancient history on this unique day tour from Dublin. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site passage tomb at Newgrange as well as the world famous High Crosses at Monasterboice and gain stunning views from atop the Hill of Tara.

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Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour; Get Your Guide

Take a day tour from Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ancient Celtic temple at Newgrange, the megalithic site of Knowth, Trim Castle and more. Learn about the area’s history from a knowledgeable local guide.

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Secrets of Ireland’s ancient passage tomb Knowth published free online; Irish Central

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.

Source: Secrets of Ireland’s ancient passage tomb Knowth published free online

Heritage sites coming to life after weather scorches land; Colin Gannon; The Irish World

The recent hot summer unearthed previously hidden or forgotten archaeological treasures as unrelenting, intense sunshine scorched the land.

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In Photos: Ireland’s Newgrange Passage Tomb and Henge; Tom Melcalfe; Live Science

A drone flyby has revealed a huge Neolithic henge near a passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland.

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The heatwave is uncovering new ancient archaeological sites in the UK and Ireland; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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Top sites in Ireland where history comes alive; Irish Central

Ireland – Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

In Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is an especially strong connection with the past.

Here are IrishCentral’s choices for the top ten historical sites in Ireland.

Newgrange, County Meath

Dating back to 3200 B.C the passage tomb at Newgrange is older than the pyramids in Egypt and is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Newgrange is a large passage mound, spread over an acre and surrounded by 97 uniquely carved kerbstones. The cremated remains of the dead were buried in large stone basins under the mound in a chamber accessible by a narrow passage.

At dawn on December 21, the shortest day of the year, sunlight shines directly into the central chamber of the tomb. It is believed that this was an ancient way of measuring the passage of time, like a calendar for the ancient farmers, or that the light has some religious significance for those in the afterlife.

Newgrange is part of the Brú na Boinne complex, which includes similar tombs at Knowth and Dowth.

Hill of Tara, County Meath

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