Newgrange, Brú na Bóinne, Ireland

Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located on a bend in the Boyne River on IReland’s eastern coast. It is a vast Neolithic complex comprised of three main burial mounds, Knownth, Newgrange and Dowth. The complex consists of forty additional passage graves and other related places, totaling ninety archaeological sites that form an extensive funerary landscape.

A sever drought in the British Isles in the summer of 2018 has revealed the outlines of another ritualistic site, dating to 2900-2500 BC consisting of a circular double ditch broken into two sections, along with pits and postholes. A double circle of timber posts surrounds the main features. To learn more details about this site and view an aerial photograph, please visit Archaeology, a publication of Archaeological Institute of America.

The Brú na Bóinne complex was threatened in 2010 by a proposed bypass road called the Slane Bypass. Sacred Sites International Joined the international outcry against such a proposal because it would pass too near the World Heritage Site. The EIR clearly stated that the road would be within 500M of the Bypass. Sacred Sites International felt that the road would be a visual distraction and might disturb any previously unknown archaeological sites. The latest find demonstrates that there are more sites yet to be discovered.

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