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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN, CO. CLARE

PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN

This portal tomb, at Craggaunowen  in County Clare, is a Stone Age burial chamber.  It dates to between 2750 – 2000 B.C. and is one of many found around Ireland.  No one is sure why these dolmens were constructed in such a manner but there is certainly a ceremonial, ritualistic meaning to them.  When I see these, I find myself wondering who built them, who’s buried there, what were their lives like, who did they love…………………….?

Copyright 2012            Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: NEWGRANGE (BRU NA BOINNE), CO. MEATH

This is the magical Newgrange Tumulus, a part of the Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne).  It’s a Stone Age necropolis built around 3200 B.C., 600 years earlier than the Pyramids at Giza and 1,000 years before Stonehenge.  As well as being a final resting place for the ancient kings, it is also thought to have been a center for rituals.  The alignment of the tomb with the rays of the rising sun on the winter solstice indicate a deeper, astronomical/astrological purpose……………no one is sure.  The white quartzite exterior is NOT  a recent addition and the stones were quarried on County Wicklow, over 70 km away, during a time predating the horse, cart and even wheel.   The Stone Age people of Ireland in no way resembled the Flintstones!

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Copyright 2012                      Mary Jane E Clark

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