Over the period when passage tombs
were constructed in Ireland, a decrease in the archaeological evidence of settlement is observed, which suggests substantial societal and economic shifts occurred simultaneously (McLaughlin et al.
Bryn Celli Ddu, one of Wales' most famous passage tombs
, saw a special open day for the public on Saturday and gave people a chance to see some hidden features that have been previously overlooked.
Despite being shown on TV every year at the solstice, 60% of Irish people have never seen the passage tombs
of Newgrange for themselves.
Inside these chambered rock tombs is some of the most peculiar and enigmatic art that dates from this period, and we are fortunate to have two well-preserved passage tombs
in Anglesey - Bryn Celli Ddu and Barclodiad y Gawres.
This impressive modern building houses a fascinating exhibition about the three Stone Age passage tombs
that make up the site, with plenty of detail to engage children's interest.
It features three passage tombs
, including the longest in Western Europe, at three sites, including Newgrange, constructed around 3,200BC making it 500 years older than the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.
2) Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre: designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, including the megalithic passage tombs
of Newgrange and Knowth.
A History of Ancient Britain BBC2, 9pm Neil Oliver continues the story of how today's Britain and its people were forged over thousands of years of ancient history and, in tonight's penultimate instalment, explores one of the most mysterious periods in our pre-history, a time that sees the building of vast stone circles, passage tombs
and Stonehenge itself - some of the most glorious monuments of the ancient world.
In particular, I consider why caves were used for funerary practice and their relationship with contemporary ritual sites, such as passage tombs
There are over 600 such decorations in the passage tombs
, indicative possibly of the Celtic belief in reincarnation, an endless birth and death cycle which a Celt sees portrayed everywhere around him.
Images painted on passage tombs
in Ireland also reflect ancient shamanistic rituals, asserts Jeremy Dronfield of the University of Cambridge in England.
People will be able to explore the landscape surrounding one of Wales' famous Neolithic passage tombs
, Bryn Celli Du, and see hidden features that have been previously overlooked.