Tara, county Meath

N 920 595 - Sheet 42

The Mound of the Hostages:
a very short or undifferentiated passage-tomb with a rudimentary basin-stone at the end,
and Loughcrew-style engravings on one stone.

During his research into neolithic art, passage tombs and astronomy,
Martin Brennan observed that this tombwas orientated so that the rising sun on the cross-quarter days
(half way between the solstice and the equinoxes) illuminates the back-stone.
The picture below was taken by Ken Williams on the 15th Febrary 2006.
The 'bedstead' shadow is of the bars preventing access to the tomb.


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