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We saw these stones on our trip to Ireland in 2002. They looked as if they had just been pulled out of an archeological dig, and became the inspiration for two plaques I designed when we returned home: See The Lover’s Knot and the Celtic Knot.

Kilmartin House

Center for Archaeology & Museum of
Ancient Culture

Kilmartin House
West Coast of Scotland

The Entrance stone at Newgrange, Ireland
Carved with spirals and geometric designs
Newgrange, Ireland

This large Entrance Stone at Newgrange, in Ireland, is called a Kerb Stone. When you enter past the brick wall you know you are going back in time. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.,)which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. A long passage leads into a chamber with 3 alcoves. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is an opening called a roof-box. It's purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the sho rtest days of the year, around December 21st, the Winter Solstice. At dawn, from December 19th to the 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated. Newgrange is now recognized to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification; a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

We visited many ancient sites in Ireland, including Newgrange, The Hill of Tara, Avebury, and Castle Rigg Circle, and saw amazing stone carvings, petroglyphs, and standing stones. This stone, along with the carved petroglyphs we saw, were my inspiration for our Spiral Goddess Wall Plaque.

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