|waiting to go into Newgrange|
|hills, dales and streams surrounding|
|central and little mounds|
|some of the kerbstones|
|main cairn at Knowth|
Knowth consists of a massive dirt mound (cairn) with a stone base and carefully aligned passageways with other largish mounds surrounding it. The site was likely used for burial rituals and probably some other religious rituals as well. It's about 5,000 years old making it older than the pyramids AND stonehenge. The kerbstones that line the base of the mounds are just as old meaning that they were carved during the neolithic period with only simple tools of stone. There are also remains of a circular timber monument along the lines of stonehenge built around 2500 BC.
|hiding from invaders|
|and out the other side!|
There are all manner of theories and what not for how neolithic peoples came by all this knowledge. It makes for a rather intriguing trip down the rabbit hole.