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Ancient British Rock Art

50 51 The sheer quantity and quality of megalithic art in the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath emphasises the importance of these sites to those that built them over 5000 years ago. After extensive research, published in his excellent 1980s book The Stars and the Stones, Martin Brennan, who made the drawings of the stones opposite, concluded that most of the art in this area is concerned with astronomical data and alignments. He clearly identified a range of symbols as representing the sun, the moon and the passage of time. Of Kerbstone 15 at Knowth N L Thomas observes the stone is a unique statement, an exact 365 day, sixteen month, fourweek month, fiveday week solar calendar The illustration by Brennan below is of Knockmany Passage Grave, now enclosed, an example of how rock art was integral to the megalithic culture. IrIsh MEgALIthIc Art the Boyne valley, Co Meath Kerbstone 18 , Newgrange , Co. Meath Stone S4, Knowth , Co Meath Knockmany, Co TyroneChris Mansell
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