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Richard and Anthony at kerb 52 Knowth
Richard and Anthony at kerb 52 Knowth

This photo was taken in the early days of our research, back in July 2000, at Kerb 52, Knowth, otherwise known as the 'Calendar Stone'. Two very fresh-faced researchers were beginning a long journey of discovery. At that time, we had great access to Knowth, thanks to Professor George Eogan, who was still excavating at Knowth. Prof. Eogan, who is an absolute gentleman, gave us access whenever we required. He allowed me to take photos too. We did not have access to the eastern passage or chamber due to reconstruction works at that time, but that didn't bother us. We were able to spend time taking photographs and notes for our research. Some of Knowth resembled a construction site at the time, but we were glad to have been allowed to wander around, under the watchful eye of Ben Devine who was the supervisor at the time, another gentleman, and Colm O'Brien, both of whom were well known to us.


THE BOYNE AND ITS CULTURE AND FOLKLORE: An article by the late Dermot Fairclough, a Drogheda historian and folklorist. Click here to read the article.


This is a so-called "rubbing", an old technique used to make an impression on paper of a neolithic stone carving. The method is no longer considered appropriate, as far as I know, due to the fact that in executing the rubbing the artist may be unwittingly damaging the stone.

This is one of the sun symbols on the aptly named Stone of the Seven Suns at Dowth. This stone, kerb 51, is located on the eastern side of the giant mound.

Seven Suns stone rubbing
The winter sun sets over a hill called Réaltoge, meaning 'star' with Newgrange in the foreground
Réaltoge sunset
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