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Newgrange is approximately 80 meters (250 feet) wide and 12 meters (40 feet) high.

The arched roof of the central chamber is 6 meters (20 feet) high and the narrow inner passage leading to it is 18 meters (60 feet) long.

Megalithic artwork

An intriguing triple-spiral design is etched into a stone in the chamber as well as on the large stone at the outdoor entrance. No one knows for sure the symbol's meaning.



Newgrange lay forgotten by man for thousands of years. It wasn't discovered until 1699 - and serious excavation and restoration did not begin until 1962.

A white stone foundation wall covers part of the site's surface. Some archaeologists believe that the 20th-century restorers should not have put on that wall because - they argue - the stones may have been used for a different purpose.

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