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Newgrange is a prehistoric monument called a passage tomb.
 


It is a large roughly circular mound covering an area of about half a hectare. It is retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. A 19m long stone passageway leads into a chamber with a stone roof.
 
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It was built about 3200 B.C. duing the Neolithic period, which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. It is aligned on the winter solstice when once a year light floods into the inner chamber probably to 'wake' the remains of the ancestors.