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This is an artist's drawing of the structure of Newgrange. It shows the entrance where light enters the tomb and the central chamber which is illuminated every midwinter.
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The Newgrange Passage Tomb

The Newgrange tomb is located in Ireland. It was likely built around 3,200 B.C. That means that it is older than the pyramids in Egypt!

The structure of Newgrange is really neat! It has a really long passageway that leads to a big chamber. And there is a roof box that lets light in. Around the time of midwinter, light comes through the roof box and goes all the way down to the central chamber. It lights up the whole central chamber! Now, that didn't happen by accident!

It just goes to show that these ancient people of 5,000 years ago knew about the Sun's movements.

Last modified July 25, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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