Newgrange: Ireland’s Neolithic Treasure


Newgrange, or Sí an Bhrú in Irish, is a Stone Age (Neolithic) passage tomb located in the Boyne River Valley, County Meath, and a jewel of Ireland’s architectural heritage. Older than Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza, this course will present Newgrange’s likely origins including its builders and theories about why, and how, it was built. We’ll look at its construction, its megalithic art, and explore its astrological importance as well as its place in Ireland’s mythological history. Through discussion, we’ll also look at Newgrange through time and how it was likely perceived, and altered, including its controversial extensive excavation and reconstruction beginning in the 1960s. We’ll come to understand why Newgrange, as part of the complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne, has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Instructor: Otto Paier;

5 Zoom sessions. Wednesdays 11:00 am-12:15 pm. January 25 – February 22.

Course fee: $125

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