Knowth

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Knowth is part of the Newgrange complex at Bru na Boinne, on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath. These grand monuments were constructed around 32ooBC, which means that they are even older than the more famous sites of Stonehenge in England, and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

The central mound at Knowth was built over 5000 years ago, sometime after Newgrange itself was constructed, and before Dowth.
The central mound is about as large as Newgrange and contains two passages; the western passage is 34 metres in length, whilst the eastern passage is 40 metres long. It is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.
Nearly half of all of Ireland’s engraved megalithic stones can be found in just this one site. 261 of Knowth’s stones are decorated with rock art. That amounts to 30% of Western Europe’s ancient  
rock art.
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