Yet another find over the past few days of Neolitihic underground chambers has been made at Tara and which have been kept from public knowledge by the Government and the road contractors. For more details see the brief report below... continues...
Two researchers have claimed that a huge, human-like depiction present in the road system straddling Meath and Louth could be the world's largest ground-based representation of the constellation of Orion... continues...
Highlight of the day (and we still took in the magnificent Dowth henge) and a wonderful surprise, I don't know how to classify this. There's an ancient pond and this has been enclosed by a bank, well over 2 metres high in places, like you might see in classic henge construction.
I pondered (excuse the pun) the purpose for quite a while, thinking of ritual drownings (recent reading about iron-age and neolithic sacrifices encouraging my more morbid imaginings) or some sort of neolithic baptism or ritual bathing, with punters lining the sides of the enclosure in awe and reverence. I mean, why else enclose the place?
There's a ditch very visible on the outside to the east. The bank is at its highest on the western arc. There's an entrance to the north where the stream that feeds the pond cuts through the bank and there are signs of another entrance on the eastern side. I'd like to go back here in say January, when all the growth will have died away and the construction would be more visible. A real treat this.
On the eastern side of the road of the site of the Battle of the Boyne, not 300 metres above the river, are 2 standing stones and a double chambered souterrain. The easier accessible stone is little more than a scratching post, a metre tall and square in profile. The other stone is is the adjoining field to the south.
The souterrain has now been filled in, with just some corbelling and a capstone visible in one of the chambers.