Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bru na Boinne, 2016: Knowth

We also visited Knowth in 2009, but did not post much. So here is a fraction of the megalithic art there, nearly all of it on the kerbs.
Knowth and two its satellites

Again, it's the very large curb stones that present the "art"

Here are just a few...there are a couple score, I guess, Knowth
by far the major concentration of megalithic art so far
discovered




The environs





More rocks





The "sun dial" stone


Now inside the great tomb, looking at a side view

Comparison of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth

Knowth has the longest of all known megalithic corridors;
interestingly, to me, it is oriented toward the equinoxes, not
the solstices, so that the sunrise of the vernal equinox comes
in one entrance, and the sunset of the autumnal equinox comes
in the other; so why the equinoxes? you ask...well, I guess,
they didn't have the Farmer's Almanac back then, and,
especially if you were a novice farmer, which everyone was,
it would be good to know when to sow, when to reap; I guess

Newgrange not far away

More rocks

More satellites

Special among the special places

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