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Newgrange Passage Tomb

Ex­plore the history & archae­ology of Neo­lithic Ireland

Approximately 5000 years old, Newgrange, located in the Boyne Valley is one of an exclusive group of monuments known and recognised worldwide.

A UNESCO World Heritage listed site, Newgrange is a Neolithic Ritual Centre and Passage Tomb, home of some of the greatest pieces of art of the European Neolithic, Ireland’s most significant prehistoric monument and among the world’s earliest great pieces of architecture.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

One of Ireland’s two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites: Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne.

This monument is a thousand years older than the Pyramids and the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, completely intact since the Stone Age. Its decorated entrance stone and corbelled inner chamber display the most impressively executed examples of abstract Stone Age art of the early farming communities in Western Europe.

An Astro-Archaeological, Archaeo­astronomical Tour of Prehistoric Ritual Sites

These sophisticated early farmers were Astronomers who incorporated a light box and solar calendar into the passage. This was done to illuminate the cremated bones of the dead in the inner chamber during the Winter Solstice. It was also a symbolic technique to celebrate rebirth in the afterlife and the dawning of a new year.

Please note: My tour enters the Tomb at Newgrange. On this tour you will not be waiting in line, as I have an allocated time slot.  All entrance fees are included in the cost.

The Battle of the Boyne

Brú na Bóinne is located within Ireland’s most important battlefield. Learn how in July 1690 on the north and south banks of the river Boyne a battle occurred that was a turning point politically in Irish and continental affairs.

Amidst a welter of family intrigue, dynastic succession, civil war, Grand strategy and religious conflict, two Kings took to the field with 60,000 troops and changed the course of history.

The Village of Slane

We drive through the Georgian village of Slane — The Cradle of Irish Christianity, the home of “the poet of the Blackbirds” Francis Ledwidge and the Fenian John Boyle O’ Reilly — today the setting of many great Rock Concerts.

Hill of Tara

Tara mound of the hostages

Stand on the Hill of Tara, the ancient Royal site of the High Kings of Ireland… 142 Kings were crowned here. You will see 23 of Ireland's 32 counties. It was a political and religious centre from the early Celtic Times and they erected some spectacular ceremonial monuments, the remains of which you can see today.

Please note: It is highly advisable that you wear good walking shoes, as it is an uneven surface on the Hill of Tara.

See video lecture at Harvard University by Michael Gibbons, brother of Mary Gibbons and one of Ireland's leading field archaeologists

Read article by Michael, Historical Settlement Patterns in Rural Ireland, illustrating the historical setting of our Newgrange tour