Imagine going back 5000 years to 3200 BC and being one of the 300 people to spend 20 years building the Newgrange passage tomb. Predating Stonehenge by over 1000 years, Newgrange is one monument within the Neolithic Bru na Boinne complex.
Europe. The site is often referred to as the “Bend of the Boyne” as it sits within a large bend in the Boyne River. With over 40 examples of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stone, henges and other prehistoric enclosures all dating back to the 35th and 32nd century BC, Newgrange and its two similar passage tombs: Knowth and Dowth are the most famous sites in the Bru na Boinne complex.
In fact, the purpose of the Newgrange site remains unclear. Many archaeologists have believed that the monument had religious significance of some sort of another, either as a place of worship for a "cult of the dead" or for an astronomically-based faith.
Newgrange contains various examples of abstract Neolithic rock art carved onto it which provide decoration. One of the most notable examples of art at Newgrange is the triskele-like features found on the entrance stone, which has been described as "one of the most famous stones in the entire repertory of megalithic art."
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