On Sunday 19 May, we went to Knowth, a complex of burial mounds near Newgrange.
There is a large central mound surrounded by several smaller ones. The entrances are aligned on the sunrises of the spring and autumn equinoxes. This is interesting because it means they were able to identify the equinoxes. The main mound is 5000 years old. It is surrounded by many carved stones, one of which appears to be a lunar calendar, and another one seems to be a solar calendar. Several have spirals and serpentine forms.
We also saw some hares scampering about, which was utterly magical.
We wondered if some of the spiral designs could have been inspired by the ripples and eddies in the River Boyne, not far away.
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