"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Age astronomy in Ireland
This very special standing stone at Baltray
is positioned so that it points to an island out at sea. It is
at this point on Winter
Solstice that the sun
rises, a truly amazing ancient achievement. We have also witnessed
at the same place, and the large stone also marks Summer
Solstice sunset. This discovery was made in Dec. 1999.
This huge embanked
enclosure, also called a henge, is located near the ancient
mound of Dowth
and has two gaps aligned in such a way that the Summer Solstice
sunrise and Winter Solstice sunset are both marked by the site.
This discovery was made by Anthony Murphy and Richard Moore on
June 23rd 2000.
Enigma examines the relationship between the 'star temples'
of Newgrange and Fourknocks, the Whooper Swan which winters at
Newgrange, the constellations and various myths, and concludes
that there was an astronomical
masterplan created in ancient times which shows its builders
knew about precession.
The smaller of the standing stones at Barnaveddoge
is very special because it is aligned to sunrise and sunset on
the Summer Solsice and the Winter Solstice. The larger stone is
the biggest in Co. Louth. This discovery was made by Anthony Murphy
and Richard Moore in June 2000.
Ancient stellar symbols
symbols at Dowth
were carved 5,000 years ago at this mythical 'Place of Darkness'.
Here we interpret the symbols based on astronomy
and mythology associated with the site and find a connection with
Taurus, the Pleiades, and Spring Equinox.
carvings at Knowth
show that the neolithic people had an understanding of the great
cycle of the Moon,
known as the Metonic
Cycle. Many of the stones at Knowth contain lunar
symbolism, and the whole site seems to have been astronomical
Orion's Belt stars?
old carvings on a kerbstone at Newgrange
may represent the belt
stars of the constellation Orion, and there may have been
a unique co-incidental alignment of the Newgrange passage and
Observations made by Mythical Ireland at Knowth's western
passage at Autumn Equinox, September 22, 2000, reveal an interesting
surprise - that it may not point exactly towards equinox
sunset. Measurements made by a 3-man team show the passage is
not oriented due west, but some 7 or more degrees off. Anthony
Murphy gained exclusive access for the equinox, and captured
the sunlight as it penetrated part of the passage. But the
sunlight does not penetrate the full passage until a week or so
Ancient star map?
amazing carving, over 5,000 years old, is etched into the ceiling
stone of the central recess of Cairn T at Loughcrew, famous for
its equinox sun alignment. Could this
stone be one of the earliest drawings of the heavens made
in Europe? Also other great astronomical carvings on other stones