Newgrange


Photograph by Michael Sundermeier

Pictured above is the only entrance to the Newgrange mound which contains only one passage and chamber. Although there is a space between the decorated megalith and the doorway, the builders expected those entering the tomb to climb over it. The rectangular stone beside the doorway was used to close the tomb. The space above the lintel was also closed with a smaller stone. The mound is 36 feet high and 300 feet in diameter (see photograph below). The passage is 62 feet long and leads to a chamber with a well-engineered corbeled roof 20 feet above the floor. Two side chambers and one directly opposite the passageway open off the large central chamber. Many of the stones in the chamber and the megaliths surrounding the base of the mound are decorated in a fashion similar to the megalith in front of the entrance.

Photograph by Michael Sundermeier