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Last Light at Dowth

The sun sets over the passage tomb of Dowth (meaning Darkness) in the Boyne Valley.


The smallest passage (Dowth South) is aligned to the setting sun of the winter solstice and is illuminated from about 2pm to 4pm on the days around the winter solstice.


The passage and small chamber were lit up yesterday but the sun is partially obscured by lilandi trees on a neighbouring property.



'From the beginning of October to the end of February the sun sends its rays from the south-west into the chamber. As the sun appears progressively lower in the sky towards the winter solstice, the beam travels first over the sill stone, then enters the chamber and finally shines directly onto the stones at the back of the chamber.'

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Taken on December 14, 2008