Certainly one of the most spectacular sites in all of Ireland, in terms of ancient history are the various mounds, and tombs you can find in the Boyne valley. Here’s a little map…
This is a World Heritage Site, and well worth the visit. It’s stone circle and passage tomb may date as far back as 5,000 years, making it older than the pyramids and stonehenge. The Irish have done an excellent job of preserving the site, and the visitor centre is top drawer.
This mound is 93 yards in diameter, and 15 yards high. It’s like a low lying ancient domed stadium. The passage leading into the center of the chamber is 19 yards long, and there are stones carefully stacked to form walls and ceilings along the way. The entrance way is aligned so that the sun will enter directly into the center of the chamber on the winter solstice– Dec.21. Here is the entrance itself.
You will notice the decoration on the lintel stone above the entrance way. We must bear in mind that the ancients were considerably shorter than human beings tend to be today.