The urinals of Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland

This fine Johnson Fireclay (Stoke-on-Trent) trough was sent in by SM.  He tells us, "It's from The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange.  the Tomb was built about 3200 BC -500 years before the Pyramids of Egypt and older than Stonehenge!  Newgrange was said to have become the burial place of the high Kings of Tara.  The base of the mound is retained by 97 large stones, lying horizontally, many of which bear carved spirals, lozenges, zigzags, and other symbols. The most famous of these is the stone marking the entrance, with carvings of a triple spiral, double spirals, concentric semi-circles.  The passage and chamber of Newgrange are illuminated by the winter solstice sunrise. A shaft of sunlight shines through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates the passage to light up the chamber. The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes at dawn from the 19th to the 23rd of December."


 

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