The 5,000-year-old Dowth is an ancient passage tomb found in the Boyne Valley, Drogheda, Co. Meath. It is part of Bru Na Boinne Megalithic Cemetery, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dowth had two burial chambers and a ritual basin. Dowth means darkness, the Irish name for Dowth is Dubhadh which means ‘Darkness’.

The Winter Solstice – when the day is the shortest and the night is the longest – is aligned with the passage and chamber at Dowth so the passage lights up with the low winter sun. There are 15 known engraved kerbstones at Dowth and possibly many more still buried.

Flythrough video of Dowth passage

This video provides a flythrough of laser scan survey of the Neolithic passage tomb at Dowth, County Meath, Ireland.

Video credit University College Dublin, and the Office of Public Works, Trent & Peak Archaeology and ArcHeritage.

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