Entrance to Dowth South

Entrance at night

The entrance to Dowth South at night. Note the two cup marks on Kerbstone 1 in front of the entrance. The entrance was illuminated by candle, while the rest of the scene was illuminated by moonlight. The ancient Irish name for Dowth – Dubad – means "darkness". Appropriately!

Dowth south entrance

This is the entrance to Dowth south passage. A build-up of mud around the entrance over many years means that one has to crouch down to get a close look.

The sun shines into the short passage of Dowth South from October until March, and on the Winter Solstice the beam of light penetrates the inner chamber and illuminates Chamberstone 6. This photograph, taken in early March, demonstrates how the evening sun shines into the passage.

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