O0072 : Entrance and light box at Newgrange Passage Tomb

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Lougher, Meath, Ireland

Entrance and light box at Newgrange Passage Tomb
Entrance and light box at Newgrange Passage Tomb
At dawn on the winter solstice sunlight enters the passageway and a finger of light rests on the central burial chamber. As the sun rises further the whole area is illuminated through the lightbox. In a few minutes it is all over.

The DPW operate a lottery for a few individuals to be in the tomb on the days around the solstice. Of course given the Irish weather it is uncertain that you might see it. In Neolithic times around 3000BC the weather would have been more Mediterranean in nature.
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Date Taken
Monday, 21 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 25 June, 2010
Category
Burial chamber   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! O 008 727 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:41.6722N 6:28.4842W
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Irish: geotagged! O 008 727
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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