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Site B and Newgrange - aligned with Summer Solstice sunset

Site B is one of the smaller satellite mounds near Newgrange, and is located southeast of the great mound at the edge of the Boyne river. Observations made by Richard Moore on June 23rd, 2000, confirm that the Summer Solstice sun sets directly at Newgrange when viewed from this mound. Alignments of this nature are common in the Boyne Valley region. See also Site A which is aligned on Winter Solstice sunrise.

Site B and Newgrange

Site B, on the banks of the Boyne, and Newgrange.

About this mound and its neighbour, Site A, George Coffey (Newgrange and other incised tumuli in Ireland, 1912) states: "In the fields adjoining the great tumulus at New Grange, some smaller tumuli deserve notice . . . Below the great mound of New Grange two well-defined tumuli may be seen showing as conical grass-covered hillocks on the low-lying land by the river. They are marked A and B on map. "A" is 220 feet in circumference and about 20 feet high; "B" 300 feet in circumference and about the same height . . . These mounds have probably been plundered, but are at present evenly grass-grown."

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