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  Old Newgrange photograph taken by J.L. Stoddard in 1901 and published in his book on Ireland in the Stoddard's Lectures series.    Close inspection shows that there is a face peering from the entrance and looks out over the famous Newgrange entrance stone. (The stone  had miraculously not found its way into a landlord's or Irish antiquarian's garden. Perhaps it owes its safe keeping to its sheer volume and weight.)  The owner of the face has both hands resting on the ground in front of him.  There is no sign in this picture of the fantastic facade that now exists at Newgrange.  Tons of quartz stones were found at the base of the mound and best archaeological interpretation then was that these had fallen from place over the millennia and had at one time been in  place as a wall such as is now in place. The pathway to the right of the picture  shows where people and animals had ventured onto the mound over the thousands of years since its construction. The path also shows that the stones had indeed fallen from place and it is easy to imagine a wall - without cement - falling from place over a 5000 year period.   

 

Old Photo of Newgrange

 
  Old photograph of Newgrange circa 1901  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Approximately seven centimetres in from the right edge of the Stoddard black and white picture (above) and about two centimetres up from the lower edge, one can clearly make out one of the many spherical granite stones that Professor O'Kelly had inserted into the quartz wall during reconstruction. (You can also see a face peering frm the darkness.  It seems to be a man who was posing with his hands shown on the ground in front of him.)

The Quartz and the Granite were both imported into the area from outside by the Neolithic people who built the tomb.

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(Picture by Robert Emmett Kane)

The scale of the reconstruction of Newgrange by Professor Kelly and his team and the construction workers can be assessed by the difference between the black and white Stoddard  picture and the colour one above.

 

   

 

 

 
     
 

The two pictures below are reproduced here by kind permission of Anthony Weir

 
  Old Picture of Newgrange taken a few years before the archaeological excavation and restoration.

A picture of Newgrange and the great stone circle taken in the early nineteen-fifties.

 


 

A view of the entrance just before excavation and the subsequent "restoration".

The difference between the Stoddard picture at top of page and the picture immediately above showing the 'entrance before restoration' shows that some work had been carried out in cleaning up the entrance in the intervening years.

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