Drought in Ireland Leads to Discovery of Neolithic Henge

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Drought in Ireland Leads to Discovery of Neolithic Henge



Drone footage captured amid a heatwave close to the 5000-year-old Newgrange neolithic passage tomb in County Meath, Ireland, on July 10 revealed an previously-undiscovered henge, sparking an investigation by the country’s National Monument Service

The henge, which could measure up to 200m in diameter, is believed to have been built some 500 years after Newgrange, which dates from 3,000 BC.

The drone that captured the image revealing the henge’s presence belongs to historian and author Anthony Murphy, who has been recording and writing about the Boyne Valley for many years.

He said “the weather is absolutely critical to the discovery of this monument. I have flown a drone over the Boyne Valley regularly and have never seen this.”

Mr Murphy said the bit of moisture left in the soil “lodges in the archaeological features a little bit more than it does in the surrounding soil and the crop that is growing out of the soil is greener in the archaeological features and drier outside of them.”

Scorched earth during heatwave reveals new monument at Newgrange
Massive unknown 'henge' discovered at Newgrange - thanks to drought and drone - Independent.ie
Drought in Ireland Leads to Discovery of Neolithic Henge



 
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