Imagine a spiritual site older than the Stonehenge, older than the Pyramids! Newgrange is over five-thousand years old. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. People of the area knew about the mound throughout history, and it was not disturbed after it was originally sealed eons ago. It wasn’t until 1699 that a farmer decided to dig it up for stones to use on his farm and it became the focus of antiquarians and archeologists.
The tours of the tomb are by guide only so we joined our small group (again the benefit of traveling off season!) and entered the extremely narrow passage into the tomb. If you are at all claustrophobic, this tour is not for you. Jim remained outside while I squeezed inside with others who couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Even I felt a little thrill of fright during this experience, but once you are standing inside the round tomb all is ok again.
The center chamber has a high corbeled (stones stacked and fitted together into a vaulted ceiling) roof and has three small attached chambers that surround the larger space. Each of the smaller chambers has a large flat "basin stone", which was where the bones of the dead were possibly originally deposited, although whether it was actually a burial site remains unclear. No Photos of the interior.... Sorry they are not allowed inside the tomb.
It is an experience you shouldn’t miss, but if you can’t make yourself go deep inside the tomb, there is a replica in the museum that is on the site. It is an exact replica of the main part of the tomb and is fun to really take a good look at it in good lighting!