Newgrange, one of the world's most famous ancient monuments, was built around 3150BC. It is surrounded by giant standing stones and has a kerb of 97 stones. At Winter Solstice, the sun shines into the passage and chamber through the roofbox.
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Knowth was built around 3300BC and has two passages facing towards the east and west. The carved stones contain a quarter of Western European neolithic art. An extensive excavation has revealed a wealth of information about the site.
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There are two passages at Dowth, which is about the same age as Newgrange and Knowth. One passage is aligned on Winter Solstice sunset. Dowth was excavated, albeit very badly, in the 1840s.
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Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara is the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. There are a multitude of remains on the hill, including a passage mound, the Mound of the Hostages, which dates to between 2500-3000BC.
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The Loughcrew hills, Carnbane East and West, contain a scattering of Stone Age cairns. Most famous is Cairn T, where sunlight at dawn on the equinoxes illuminates the backstone of the chamber.
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Fourknocks is a small megalithic mound in County Dublin which sits in the direction of Winter Solstice sunrise as viewed from Newgrange. Fourknocks is about 5,000 years old and has a large oval-shaped chamber with three recesses.
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Carrowmore / Carrowkeel
There are a plethora of cairns and passage-tombs in County Sligo, including Cairn G which has a roofbox similar to that at Newgrange, and the famous Maeve's carin on Knocknarea.
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More ancient sites
There are a plethora of other interesting ancient sites featured on Mythical Ireland.
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Aerial Photographs
Some nice photographs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Tara from the air are featured in the Ancient Sites section.
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