Newgrange Passage Tomb. History, Excavation & New Evidence. Brú Na Bóinne, Count.mp4
The stone age lasted for over 2,5 million years and only ended 4.000 years ago.
In this series the focus is on the Neolithic Era, or New stone age, since most structures from the stone age were built in that time period.
Today’s video location of Newgrange is in Brú na Bóinne along the bend of the Boyne river in County Meath, Ireland.
Newgrange is an exceptionally large Passage Tomb build around 3400BC.
Thus making it about 500 years older than the oldest archaeological evidence found at Stonehenge and about 900 years older than the Pyramids of Giza.
Newgrange is one of the oldest known existing buildings in the world.
Professor Michael J. O‘Kelly excavated and restored Newgrange from 1962 in the 4 summer months each year until 1975.
In the summer of 2018 Ireland suffered a period of drought.
Initial discoveries of subsurface archaeological remains were reported by drone pilots Anthony Murphy and Ken Williams in July 2018.
The field that stimulated global media interest during the summer drought of 2018 is called the cropmarks field.
It’s situated south from the Newgrange farm, to the southwest of the Newgrange mound.
At the time of the aerial survey the field had a standing crop of wheat, it highlighted the presence of widespread subsurface archaeological remains.
The cropmarks indicate evidence for henges, mortuary enclosures and palisade enclosures. Monuments we would date to the late neolithic period (the old stone age), most likely these monuments were made from timber, making them contemporary.
Henge monuments often occur in pairs or groups and are located in areas where other neolithic monuments are concentrated.
The recently discovered henges at Brú na Bóinne demonstrate what must’ve been a conscious design of ceremonial enclosures.
As Dr Gabriel Cooney wrote in 1997;
‘Ultimately we should remember that, just as the society that built the passage tombs was not static but changing, so too our views of that past are changing because of new information and interpretation. In a few years’ time it may be necessary to update our outsider’s view of the neolithic world.’
Videos from Mythical ireland:
Claire O'Kelly - Illustrated Guide to Newgrange and other Boyne Monuments
The Archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site
Interim Report, December 2018
Eriksen, P., 2008. THE GREAT MOUND OF NEWGRANGE: AN IRISH MULTI‐PERIOD MOUND SPANNING FROM THE MEGALITHIC TOMB PERIOD TO THE EARLY BRONZE AGE. Acta Archaeologica, 79(1), pp.250-273