Over 5,000 years ago, the people of the Boyne Valley built a monument, the size and sophistication of which had never been seen before anywhere in Europe. Newgrange together with the two other great passage-tombs of Brú na Bóinne, Knowth and Dowth, is the greatest collective achievement in all of Irish history. Newgrange was at once a temple, a tomb, a monument, the home of the most important carved art of the European Neolithic and a statement of the prestige of the people who built it. Its stone-built passage and chamber have stood intact and virtually unaltered since the day they were completed. In 1967, as a result of the modern archaeological excavation, Newgrange revealed to the world its greatest secret. At the centre of its complex design is an alignment with the rising sun on the morning of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne tells the story of how this remakable monument was built with over 100 illustrations and photographs.
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