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Mound B & Newgrange

Mound B and Newgrange

61 All of the so-called "satellite sites", the passage-mounds and standing stones in the vicinity of Newgrange, originally had their own names, according to the Dindshenchas. They included "The bed of Dagda", "the grave of Bóinn the wife of Nechtain", "The Valley of Mata" (the giant monster), and "the Mound of Bones".

62 One of the most unusual satellite sites located to the east of Newgrange is a large U-shapes "cursus", a type of monument believed to have served some grand ceremonial purpose. In recent years archaeology has found that a "ceremonial pathway" connected nearby passage-tombs to the cursus structure.

63 A survey of the whole area around Newgrange by Dr. Jon Patrick revealed some very interesting points: Newgrange and sites E, F and H are in a straight line. So also are Dowth and sites F, D and C. Patrick indicated that Newgrange was the focus of the groups of alignments which he found.

64 A total of 19 stones belonging to satellite sites near Newgrange contain decoration.

Standing Stone C & Newgrange

Standing Stone C and Newgrange

65 There are two standing stones located east-south-east of Newgrange, marked sites C and D on archaeological maps of the Bend of the Boyne.

66 A small mound located half a mile northeast of Newgrange called Site E has a number of kerbstones showing above the ground.

67 A substantially damaged mound lies within half a mile to the east of Newgrange. Part of an original kerb of stones is still extant at this site.

68 A mound in the field to the front of Newgrange was enclosed by a substantial embanked feature. This feature is still visible, although located in a tilled field where ploughing for agricultural use has made the ring difficult to see.

69 It is not known whether a figure-of-eight shaped pond feature south of Newgrange was originally a quarry from which stones were removed for its construction, or whether the unusual feature was some kind of "ceremonial pond".

70 A total of three satellite "passage-tombs" were excavated during archaeological work at Newgrange - sites K and L to the west and site Z to the east.

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