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Newgrange standing stones

Down the fields from Newgrange, near the river Boyne, there are two large standing stones, marked as sites C and D on the archaeological maps of the Brú na Bóinne area. The one nearest to Newgrange, stone C, is the larger of the two, and is the only one visible from Newgrange.
Stone C, Newgrange

Stone C was excavated, according to archaeologist Clare O'Kelly*, by Shee and Evans in 1965. The stone has been cleverly fenced off by the landowner to prevent scratching by cattle. This photo shows the huge size of the stone.

*(Illustrated Guide to Newgrange, 1967, 1971, John English & Co.)

From the east, stone C appears much thinner. This is typical of standing stones which I have seen - most of them have a broad axis and a thin one.
Stone C from the north
Newgrange stone C viewed from the north. From here the ground rolls away to the south towards the banks of the river Boyne. In the background, mound B can be made out near the right edge of this photo.

In this view, the river Boyne can be made out to the right of stone C.

In 1912, George Coffey* described stone C as follows: "On the brow of the steep bank which rises at some distance behind these grave-mounds a great block of compact sandstone grit has been set on end, and forms a most remarkable standing stone ("C"), similar to, but larger than, those set round the great mound. It measures 10 feet high, and is 17 feet in girth."

*(Newgrange and other incised tumuli in Ireland, 1912, 1977, Blandford Press)

Stone D near Newgrange
This is stone D, located further east from stone C, and in the next field. It is quite a bit smaller than its counterpart. Coffey says: "In the adjoining field a similar standing-stone will be found; but it is not so large".
Stone D looks like a faceViewed from the east, one could be excused for thinking that stone D resembles a face – certainly a nose and mouth are easily distinguished. Again this view shows how the stone's N-S axis is much thinner than the E-W.
From the north the long axis is obvious again. There is plenty of lichen growth on the stone, but it has not suffered deterioration due to cattle scratching.

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