Brú na Bóinne became a World Heritage Site in 1993. Brú na Bóinne, also known as Newgrange has been settled for at least 6,000 years. The tombs are dated to late stone age. Construction of the passage tomb started roughly around 3300 BC.
Newgrange is the easiest of the three large sites to see because tours and buses come here, and it’s set up for large amounts of visitors. Dowth and Knowth are a short distance-away.
Next we come to Knowth, and we don’t get to Dowth at all. Two different archeologists worked at Newgrange and Dowth, and they had two very different philosophies and ways of working, which you can have a taste of as you look at the photographs of both sites and compare.
The stones were left in place, and there are more stones still carved on the outside of Knowth. There is the feeling that it’s been newly discovered and it’s all new and fresh for you to discover what’s left behind here.
This mace head is found at the National Museum on Kildare Street. It’s no larger than my thumb nail.
There are quite a few smaller passage tombs closeby. It’s worth a visit during a less busy time,if possible as this place has been discovered and has grown in popularity each time I visit. And as they say, It’s older than the pyramids.
If you’ve been here yourself, or if you have a preference of one site rather than the other, what your preference is, and if you know why you feel that way.
May the Blessings of the Old Ones, be with you,