News: Famous Winter Solstice “light show” at Irish Neolithic tomb appears to be faked
The Newgrange Tomb is one of Ireland’s best know tourist attractions. Written in Gaelic as Sí an Bhrú or Brú na Bóinne, the Neolithic monument is located in County Meath, Ireland . . . located five miles (8 km) west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Although commonly called a tomb or tumulus in television documentaries, there is actually no evidence of burials. It may have been a sanctuary instead. However, its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site may be at stake. Key elements of what the tourists see appear to be pseudo-archaeology BY some famous 20th century archaeologists!
The original archaeologists added a quartz stone wall to the earthworks to make it mimic much younger Mycenaean Bronze Age tombs in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Ever since the monument was reconstructed in the mid-1950s, Irish architects have complained that the restoration by the archaeologists was highly flawed. Now a new generation of Irish archaeologists are backing them up. The structure was constructed of large vertical boulders and then covered with timber beams and earth. It did not have a quartz wall, but instead would have looked very much like the burial mounds in North America or possibly even a chokopa . . . Creek Indian rotunda.
Each year, hundreds . . . sometimes thousands . . . of tourists around the world come to Drogheda to watch the Winter Solstice sunrise strike a stone box above an altar. The same team of contemporary Irish archaeologists, who challenged the quartz outer walls, now insist that the box above the altar is only about 50 years ago and was constructed specifically to attract tourists. It has been documented that those involved in this scheme were aware of several ancient Native American structures, which actually do align with the Winter or Summer Solstice. Apparently, they sought to recreate the dramatic effect to draw tourists from the United States and Mainland Europe.
To read this article in the Irish Central ezine, go to: Newgrange Tomb
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