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Newgrange Chamber

New Grange spiral - roof stone
Amazing megalithic art carved on the underside of the roof stone in the east recess off the main chamber inside the mound at Newgrange.



Symbols on roof stone - east recess - New Grange
Another view of the megalithic art carved on the roof stone of the east recess off the main chamber inside the mound at Newgrange. Unfortunately the slab has cracked and two sections have moved slightly out of alignment.



corbelled roof over the chamber inside the mound at New Grange
View of the corbelled roof over the chamber inside the mound at Newgrange,
the final roof slab is 12 ft (3.6m) above the floor.



Lozenge symbols - New Grange
Lozenge design on the corbel  beneath the roof stone of the
east recess is similar to the megalithic art at Fourknocks



New Grange - Stone Basin
Stone basin in the right hand recess off the main chamber inside the mound at Newgrange



New Grange - Sprial Symbols at the back of the west recess
Spiral symbols at the back of the west recess off the main chamber.



Corbel on the south side of the west recess - New Grange
Corbel on the south side of the west recess, similar to the patterns at Fourknocks



New Grange - Symbols
Roof slab over opening to passage from the chamber at Newgrange.



Megalithic Art - east recess
Corbel at back of east recess.



New Grange - View from Chamber
A view of the entrance from the floor of the chamber, the passage rises 6ft (2m)
from the entrance so that the roofbox is lined up with the chamber.



New Grange - Tri Spiral

     


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New Grange - Representation of a fern or maybe a sheef of wheet The tri-spiral design (above) on orthostat C10 in the north recess at the back of the chamber at New Grange is probably the most famous Irish Megalithic symbol.

The design is often called a triple spiral; however archaeologists call it the three-spiral stone.

The tri-spiral is often referred to as a Celtic design, however it was carved about 2500 years before the Celts reached Ireland.

The tri-spiral design is quite small in size at 30x28cm (12x11 inches) which is less than one-third the size of the similar design on the entrance stone.







This interesting symbol (left) from the side stone of the west recess looks like a representation of a fern or maybe a sheaf of wheat.






More images from the interior of New Grange.
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