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52 53 At 9 a.m. on December 21st the dawn rays of the winter solstice sun enter the chamber at Newgrange and illuminate a specific range of pictograms, slowly moving from one to another over 15 minutes as the sun swings round. A special roof box above the entrance allows the sun to penetrate right to the back wall. Two huge kerbstones one shown opposite top are directly aligned at the front and back of the mound, their central grooves also aligning with the winter solstice. Built between 3300 and 2900 BC, 500 years before the Great Pyramid of Giza, Newgrange is an amazing construction, beautifully decorated and a testimony to the skills and dedication of those who built it. The conjunction and balance of opposites here, of midsummer and midwinter, Sun and Moon, light and dark, life and death, embody the whole interplay of the forces and energies of regeneration lower pictures by Martin Brennan. nEwgrAngE pAssAgE toMb Newgrange, Co. Meath, Eire Kerbstone 1, Newgrange, Co Meath Kerbstone 52, Newgrange, Co Meath Knowth Burial Chamber, Co MeathChris Mansell
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