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Megalithic Images as electronic art, by Lloyd Graham
Graham, of Sydney, Australia, has presented these wonderful images
for the Mythical Ireland website. Lloyd says that, a few years ago,
after a visit to Newgrange, he became inspired by the megalithic
art in the Boyne Valley, so he generated these four digital compositions
based directly on motifs engraved at Newgrange and Knowth. He says
he thinks other people will enjoy seeing them too (and they definitely
will!) so he sent them to me for the art section, and here they
are in all their glory.
|This is the wonderful
from Newgrange. Located at the northwestern side of the kerb, it is
diametrically opposite to kerbstone 1, the great entrance stone. The
three cup marks contained in a cartouche, and repeated three times
on the stone, may be early representations of Orion's Belt, dating
back to the early part of the third millennium Before Christ.
15, Knowth - Prehistoric Calendar
|This is the truly
amazing kerbstone 15 at Knowth, which author Neil
Thomas has said is "an exact 365 day, sixteen month, four
week month, five day week solar calendar." You can see his detailed
description of the calendrical function of this stone on this
page, while you can browse pictures of Kerbstone 15 and many of
the other kerbstones of Knowth on this
Spirals from Kerbstone 1 and Chamberstone 10
|The spiral, or
triple spiral, is one of the most familiar images from the Irish Neolithic.
The impressive entrance stone at Newgrange, Kerbstone
1, is highly decorated with spirals. Some researchers believe
the spiral represents the sun, or the sun's movements through the
sky. See a detailed interpretation of megalithic symbols on this
page. The triple spiral is repeated inside Newgrange, on a stone
in the end recess of the chamber, Chamberstone 10. This triple spiral
symbol, according to Professor Tom Ray of the Institute of Advanced
Studies, could have been indirectly illuminated at Winter
Solstice as mentioned in local legend. (Source: New Data on Newgrange,
Frank Prendergsat, 1991.)
on Knowth East basin
markings are from the huge stone basin which is located in the right
recess of the cruciform chamber of Knowth. The top image shows the
markings which are located in the bowl at the top of the basin,
while the lower marking is located around the front of the basin.
says of the upper markings: "The stone basin at Knowth is a
ritual implement found in the context of an equinoctial solar construct.
As ideally the equinoxes divide twelve months of the year into two
equal parts, six radials are divided by a luni-solar emblem."
The photograph of this remarkable stone basin from Knowth shown
below is by Martin Byrne of the Sacred
Island website, at Carrowkeel.com.
Basin in Knowth east
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