New Google Earth satellite imagery showing parts of Ireland at the end of June 2018 reveals significant numbers of archaeological sites. Some of these were previously recorded and show superb new details. Others had not been known about until now.
Google Maps/Google Earth updates its imagery occasionally. Recently Google added some satellite imagery from parts of eastern Ireland taken on 28th June 2018 - during the biggest drought in Ireland since 1976. The imagery reveals significant numbers of monuments, archaeological sites and features, and possible monuments. The major discovery of summer 2018 was that by Mythical Ireland's Anthony Murphy (along with Ken Williams) of a giant late Neolithic henge at Newgrange in the Boyne Valley.
Here follows a gallery of images from Google Earth showing various archaeological sites and features, with a brief explanation in the caption. RMP refers to the Record of Monuments and Places and more details about each site can be found on the Historic Environment Viewer on the Department of Heritage website. A great deal of these are unrecorded, i.e. previously unknown. A significant portion of the recorded monuments were found using old aerial images and are probably being revealed in more detail in the drought imagery in Google.
Enter the ‘Ancient Sites’ section of this blog for a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the megalithic and sacred sites of Ireland. Find out all about the Stone Age and prehistoric ruins and learn more about the possible functions and alignments of these sites. Visit the great temples of Brú na Bóinne, the Hill of Tara, the ancient cairns of Loughcrew among many others.
Explore the ancient myths, legends and folklore of Ireland and their meaning. Read the epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, or the place-name myths in the Dindshenchas. Learn about how the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians came to Ireland and how the early texts describe various invasions of prehistoric Éire. Hear about Fionn and the Fianna, and discover how some myths might contain information about astronomy and the stars.
There is no doubt that the ancient megalith builders had a substantial knowledge of the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars through the heavens. Learn more about just how complex and impressive this knowledge was. There is evidence that the people of the Neolithic knew about the 19-year Metonic cycle of the moon, as well as being able to predict eclipses.