TRIP TO NEWGRANGE

TRIP TO NEWGRANGE

The 5th and 6th year classes visited Newgrange to view the Neolithic art that the area is famous for and in order to bring the Art History section of the course alive.. Neolithic art is one of the most mysterious and discussed aspects of the Brú na Bóinne complex. Many examples of megalithic art (art associated with the large structural stones of the tombs) are to be found on the three great tumuli of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. This type of art generally consists of a series of geometric and abstract motifs, which are picked onto the surface of the stones. The precise function of the ornament, if indeed any, is unknown. Whatever the significance might have been, there is no doubt that a great deal of skill, time and energy was needed to produce the carvings and art pieces especially when we consider that only stone tools were available at that time. The students had a valuable experience

Liz Farrell
Liz Farrell