The man behind the discovery of "Dronehenge" will lead tours of this world-class heritage park which contains the greatest concentration of Late Neolithic henge monuments anywhere in the world.
Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland, the author, photographer, tour guide and archaeological discoverer, will lead a new tour of the monuments and mythology of Newgrange Farm at Brú na Bóinne. The tours will include a visit to the Newgrange Monument, where participants will also visit the interior chamber of the famous monument with Office of Public Works guides.
The tours, kicking off on June 20 for the summer months, will visit the archaeological landscape of Newgrange Farm, which covers a huge area of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage site around Newgrange, incorporating a significant cluster of monuments dating from the Neolithic into the medieval period, covering several thousand years of human activity.
In 2018, Murphy discovered "Dronehenge", a gigantic late-Neolithic henge monument situated in one of the fields of Newgrange Farm. His new tours will visit the significant monuments associated with this world-class heritage park which contains the greatest concentration of late-Neolithic henge monuments anywhere in the world.
The tours will take place on a tractor-hauled specially modified trailer, where tour participants will get a close-up glimpse of ancient passage tombs, henges, standing stones and other remarkable features of the ancient past.
“Newgrange Farm contains many of the monuments that make up the Brú na Bóinne archaeological complex, including a host of structures which were originally made of timber and which were unknown until they were revealed in drone imagery during the drought of July 2018,” Murphy said.
“The tour offers a glimpse into a remarkable ancient past, looking at both the monumental archaeological landscape and indeed the mythological landscape because there are many myths associated with the Brú na Bóinne monuments. Some of these ancient stories appear to contain information about the monuments that could not have been known when they were written down in the Middle Ages.”
“What we’re seeing at Newgrange Farm is one of the most important archaeological monument complexes anywhere in Europe, and indeed the world,” he added.
“This tour is an opportunity to see that landscape up close, and to get an insight into the size and nature of the monuments, the materials from which they were constructed, and the people who built them. Along with that, we have many myths and legends, and some of these refer to an Oenach (assembly) site at Brú na Bóinne, the remnants of which I think were discovered during the drought in 2018, when Newgrange Farm shot to international fame.”
Newgrange Farm owner David Redhouse said: “Some of the monuments on our lands are among the oldest and biggest in Ireland and tour participants will hear from a knowledgeable expert and author who specializes in the study of this landscape.”
Newgrange Farm has been hosting visitors for many years to its open farm in the heart of the Boyne Valley, where children and adults alike have been able to discover all the fun life on the farm has to offer. The new tour will add another dimension to Newgrange Farm, taking in what is an immense and important part of the Brú na Bóinne landscape in the fields around and in front of Newgrange.
For tour dates and booking information, see the www.yourdaysout.com website.