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  These pages from J.L Stoddard  are not meant to be instructive as to 21st century thinking on the great tomb of Newgrange. They are rather, an indication of how modern archaeology has dispelled some of the notions that antiquarians held 100 years ago.  There was a tendency back then to ascribe ancient sites to the Celts, the Phoenicians, or the Danes. For this reason one can still find fields in Ireland called "The Danes' Field" and one can reasonably expect to find an archaeological monument within those fields. However, that is not meant to denigrate the great work the antiquarians did with the technology that was available to them.  When one considers they had no carbon dating, no dendrochronology, no ground penetrating radar, no communication facilities as we have, then we should be in awe of the work of the early archaeologists and antiquarians.

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