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71 The bones of three dogs were found in the chamber of Newgrange during excavations, one each from the east and west chambers and one from just outside the end chamber. It is not known for sure whether these bones are ancient or more modern. It is thought they may have belonged to stray dogs who got into the passage but could not get out again.

72 A huge number of unburnt bone fragments were found by archaeologists. As well as large numbers of animal bones, there were approximately 750 unidentifiable fragments of bone. All of the human bones found were small fragments.

Some of the finds from Newgrange

Some of the Newgrange finds - click to see a photo gallery of some of the artefacts

73 A large phallus-like stone was recovered from an oval-shaped stone setting which was found not far from the entrance of Newgrange.

74 Some cairn stones recovered during excavations were found to have decoration on them. One stone measuring 24.5cm wide had some parallel grooves, while others had U-shapes, groups of dots and spiral-cum-concentric circle patterns.

75 Gold objects have been found at Newgrange, including two ancient gold torques (torcs), a golden chain and two rings, which were discovered by a labourer digging near the entrance in the 1800s.

76 One type of find which arouses the interest of archaeologists are the Roman coins, many of which were reported to have been found at Newgrange. The first recorded find of a Roman coin was in 1699, and coins were still being found as late as the 1960s when Newgrange was being excavated. These included some gold coins and pendants, and some were found to be in mint condition. A total of 21 Roman coins have been found.

77 A number of pendants and beads were found, something which is common to Irish passage-graves in general.

78 Among the marbles which were recovered was a dumb-bell shaped object which resembled two conjoined marbles carved out of a single piece of white chalk.

79 A 'chisel' made from bone was found in the east recess, and was similar to one which had been found in the chamber of Site L, one of the satellite mounds beside Newgrange.

80 An object thought to be a 'stone lamp' resembled a ball-shaped object which was flattened on opposite sides. The object was made from granite.

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