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Stone Age art inside Newgrange
is my drawing of the symbol carved into a stone in the chamber
of Newgrange which has been called by some the 'ship'. It is engraved
onto the lower portion of stone C4, which is located on the northern
side of the western recess of Newgrange.
Coffey, the former keeper of Irish antiquities in the National
Museum, Dublin, noted that: "In my memoir on the tumuli of
New Grange, Dowth and Knowth, I have illustrated several examples
of ship figures from the Swedish rocks. These I compared with
somewhat similar figures on stones in a tumulus at Locmariaker,
in Brittany, and with a figure in the chamber at New Grange. From
a comparison of the forms I argued that the most probable explanation
of the latter was that it was a rude representation of a ship.
to Clare O'Kelly (Illustrated Guide to Newgrange, 1971 (1967),
"doubt has been cast on the antiquity of the markings since
they are alien to the rest of the Newgrange ornament but they
are certainly there since before 1770AD. The visitor must choose
his own interpretation."
is the beautiful ornament on the roof of the east recess. The
large spiral is about a foot in diameter.
says of the stone: "The Newgrange artists . . . expanded
brilliantly on the theme of the sun manifested in its divisions
and cycles of time. The quadrangle is directly linked to the sunwheel,
and there are two spirals of 8 turnings. The double wheel suggests
the sun and the moon and the concentric development of 5 ovals
possible represents Venus.
stone was decorated before being positioned, according to Brennan.