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December 18th, 2009, 7:33 am

Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am.out with the old, in with the new
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December 18th, 2009, 7:44 am

i love the 21st of Dec ...
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December 18th, 2009, 7:34 pm

I wish everyone a Sunny Solstice!I've always thought that the "New Year" should realigned to Dec 21st.
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December 18th, 2009, 7:57 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaI wish everyone a Sunny Solstice!I've always though that the "New Year" should realigned to Dec 21st.2007 was a good year, as sun is not always guaranteed. here
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December 18th, 2009, 9:39 pm

Just published - looks good:A View from the West: The Neolithic of the Irish Sea Zone "At the the heart of this study are the early Neolithic chambered tombs of the Irish Sea zone, defined as west Wales, the west coast of northern Britain, coastal south and western Scotland, the western isles and the Isle of Man, and the eastern coast of Ireland. ...Cummings investigates the background against which the Neolithic began in the Irish Sea zone and what led to the adoption of Neolithic practices, such as the construction of monuments. ...This volume aims to incorporate landscape analysis into a broader understanding of the Neolithic sequence in this area and beyond..." Also, this is cool:This map of Britain and Ireland, is divided into 100 kilometre squares. Locations of prehistoric stone circles and stone rows are indicated by the red dots. The Megalith Map
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December 18th, 2009, 10:14 pm

The dolmen, 3rd row, 2nd column is in my village (Proleek). if you look very closely, you see little stones on the 'roof'. People try to throw stones onto it; legend says if successful you will be married within a year. Well, you see the stone on the left, that's mine and i did not get married within a year QuoteProleek (auch the Giant's Load – Die Gigantenlast) ist ein etwa 3,8 m hohes Portal tomb auf der Cooley-Halbinsel im County Louth in Irland. Von J. Fergusson wurde der Begriff des „Tripod-Dolmen“ (Stativdolmen) geprägt, der auf eine Reihe von Dolmen angewandt wird, bei denen der Deckstein auf drei Tragsteinen ruht. Bei der Anlage von Proleek waren nur zwei der drei tragenden Steine und der Deckstein übrig, der dritte wurde ergänzt.Dieser Dolmen ist oft illustriert worden. Bereits 1742 erschien eine Gravierung in der Zeitschrift „Louthiana“ des Antiquars Thomas Wright. In gewisser Weise ähnelt der Dolmen einer unter dem Gewicht des etwa 40 Tonnen schweren, 3,8 m langen und 3,2 m breiten Granits des Decksteins gebeugten Figur. Wright gibt an, dass die Einheimischen folgende Geschichte über den Dolmen erzählen: Das Steine seien von Parrah Boug M'Shagjean, einem Riesen, der in der Nähe begraben sein soll, aus den benachbarten Bergen gebracht und hier zusammengestellt worden. Anders als andere zeitgenössische Antiquitätensammler kannte Wright jedoch den Zweck der Monumente und tat auch die Idee, dass sie Altäre der Druiden gewesen sein sollten, als Phantasie ab.QuoteThere are a number of smaller stones on the top of the roof stone. This is because there is a local folklore tale that says if you throw a stone up onto the roofstone and it stays up there, you will be married within a year! Another legend about the site tells why the capstone is known as the "Giant's Load". Apparently, it was carried to this point by a giant, said to be a Scottish giant, called Parrah Boug MacShagean, who according to local stories is buried nearby.Portal tombs date from around 3000BC, and were built by Neolithic farming communities. Burials, usually cremated, were placed in the tomb and often accompanied by flint and stone implements, bone beads and pins, and fragments of coarse hand-made pottery.Different sources give different estimations for the weight of the capstone, from 30 to 46 tonnes. Experts are still at a loss to explain how the ancients moved such a huge stone into position.
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December 18th, 2009, 10:50 pm

LOL! I guess I should have a look when I come over this spring. Maybe I will visit the Blarney Stone too.
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December 19th, 2009, 10:12 am

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December 19th, 2009, 10:12 am

Quote I've always thought that the "New Year" should realigned to Dec 21st.Exogenous calibration?
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December 19th, 2009, 1:13 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuote I've always thought that the "New Year" should realigned to Dec 21st.Exogenous calibration?Indeed!My theory is that the Christian church, with it's middle-eastern roots, has never been as attuned to the annual cycle of day lengths and weather extremes as have the northern European religions. In Jerusalem, the day-length only varies from 10-14 hr/day. In Dublin, it's from under-8 to over 16 and the low angle of the northern latitude winter sun makes an even bigger difference.
 
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December 20th, 2009, 4:46 pm

Maeshowe (Orkneys) Winter Solstice webcam Scara Brae
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December 20th, 2009, 5:09 pm

Solstice is (I believe) scheduled for 17:47 GMT, which I think should be pretty close to solar noon along the longitude of New Orleans, Memphis, Peoria, Madison, Guatamala, the Galapagos.
 
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December 21st, 2009, 5:41 pm

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