Newgrange -

Newgrange is a prehistoric monument located in County Meath, on the eastern side of Ireland, an example of a megalithic passage tomb mound built between circa 3100 and 2900 BCE. It is more than five hundred years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and predates Stonehenge by about a thousand years. After its initial usage as a tomb, the entrance to Newgrange was sealed and it remained closed for several millennia. In 1142 it had become part of outlying farmland owned by the Cistercian Abbey of Mellifont. These farms were referred to as 'granges' and by 1378 it was known as 'the new grange'. Part of its restoration included the original facade of flattish white quartz stones studded at intervals. Today Newgrange is a popular tourist site, and is "unhesitatingly regarded by the prehistorian as the great national monument of Ireland" and is also widely recognised as one of the most important megalithic structures in Europe. Many archaeologists have believed that the monument had religious significance of some sort of another, either as a place of worship for a "cult of the dead" or for an astronomically-based faith. Newgrange contains many examples of abstract Neolithic rock art carved onto it, most notably an unusual design is found sculptured in the west recess. It has been interpreted as an early representation of a ship with crew on board and uplifted sail. Just above it is carved a circle representing the sun or some other celestial body.


Newgrange Roofbox -

Directly above the main entrance at Newgrange is a rectangluar opening called a roofbox. Once a year, at the winter solstice, the rising sun's alignment shines directly along the long passage and into the central chamber for about 17 minutes. This alignment is far too precise to be considered coincidental. To experience this event on the morning of the Winter Solstice from inside Newgrange, one must enter a lottery at the Interpretive Center. Approximately 100 people are chosen each year, fifty people receive tickets and are permitted to bring a guest per ticket. They are split into groups of five and taken in on the five days around the Solstice in which light does (weather permitting) enter the chamber. In 2008, 34,107 people entered the lottery.

Aran Islands

Aran Islands/Inishmore -

The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. Inishmore (the largest), Inishmaan, and Inisheer (the smallest). Gaelic is the primary spoken language on all three islands. Kilronan is the main town on the island of Inishmore and in 2006 it had a recorded population of 259 people. All three islands have a long religious and mythological history dating back into prehistory. The boundary between the two often becoming indistinct and blurred.On the cliff tops, ancient forts such as Dún Aengus on Inishmór and Dún Chonchúir on Inishmaan are some of the oldest archaeological remains in Ireland. A lacework of ancient stone walls (1600 km in all) enfolds all three islands to contain local livestock. Ruined ancient stone churches are scattered throughout the wild landscape, in testament to a more spiritual time gone by.


Groom Lake -
Area 51 is a name used in official CIA documents (at least since 1967) for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The area surrounding the lake is permanently off-limits both to civilian and normal military air traffic, with the use of deadly force being sanctioned. The base does not appear on public U.S. government maps and is forbidden to be photographed by satellites, space stations (Skylab astornaut photographs were immediately classified and seized) or civilians. President Bill Clinton issued a Presidential Determination, exempting what it called, "The Air Force's Operating Location Near Groom Lake, Nevada" from environmental disclosure laws. It is invisible and protected by the Supreme Court. Although the Soviets have their own satellite images of Groom Lake that are available.

Dun Aengus Dun Aegnus -
Dún Aonghasa is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands, off County Galway, Ireland. It is located on Inishmore at the edge of an approximately 100 metre high cliff.
A popular tourist attraction, Dún Aonghasa is an important archaeological site that also offers spectacular views. It is not known when Dún Aonghasa was built, though it is now thought to date from the Iron Age. It has been called "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe." The Proto-Celtic name, meaning "Fort of Aonghas", refers to the pre-Christian god of the same name described in Irish mythology.
The fort consists of a series of four concentric walls of dry stone construction. Surviving stonework is four metres wide at some points. Outside the third ring of walls lies a defensive system of stone slabs, known as a ‘Chevaux de frise’, planted in an upright position in the ground and still largely well-preserved. These ruins also feature a huge rectangular stone slab, the function of which is unknown.
Ishtar Gate

Pergamon Museum -
The Pergamon Museum is situated on the Museum Island in Berlin, it was constructed in twenty years, from 1910 to 1930. The museum is visited by approximately 850,000 people every year, making it the most visited art museum in Germany. It houses the fabulous Ishtar Gate, unearthed in Iraq in 1902 by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey. Originally the gate, being part of the Walls of Babylon, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world. It was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon and was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II, on the north side of the city. Dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the Gate was constructed of blue glazed tiles with alternating rows of bas-relief sirrush (dragons) and aurochs. It stands 47 feet high and 100 feet wide (14 meters by 30 meters).

Tory Island Tory Island -
Tory Island is located 14.5 km (9 mi) north-west of the coast of County Donegal in Ireland. It has a recorded population (August 2010) of 96 people. In the famous medival book on the history of Ireland, Lebor Gabála Érenn, Tory Island was the site of Conand's Tower; the stronghold of the Fomor and once inhabited by the Fomorian king Balor of the Evil Eye. Its history is very closely linked with that of the more southerly Aran Islands. Tor Mór (or Túr Mór in Old Irish, meaning The High Tower), is the island's highest point on which, legend claims, stood an impenetrable glass tower of Fomor construction.
Westover AFB Westover AFB -
Westover Air Reserve Base is an Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) airport located near the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Westover hosts the largest Air Reserve Base in the world, is a backup landing site for the NASA Space Shuttle and in the past few years has expanded to include a growing civilian access airport sharing Westover's military-maintained runways. Current military operations at Westover Joint Air Reserve Base are centered around its exceptionally long runways. The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) uses Westover for its largest cargo aircraft. It maintains a fleet of sixteen C-5 Galaxy aircraft.

Carrowmore Carrowmore -
Carrowmore (Irish: Ceathrú Mhór, meaning Great Quarter) is one of the four major passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland. It is located at the centre of a prehistoric ritual landscape on the Cúil Irra Peninsula in County Sligo in Ireland. Around 30 megalithic tombs can be seen in Carrowmore today. The tombs (in their original state) were almost universally 'dolmen circles'; small dolmens each enclosed by a boulder ring of 12 to 15 meters. Radiocarbon dating from the survey and excavation project in the 1970s, 80s and 90s by Professor Göran Bürenhult has caused controversy amongst archaeologists, especially when this scientifically accurate technique dated one of the tombs construction as 5,400 BC (before the perceived advent of agriculture in Ireland).
Yucatan Crater
Yucatan Peninsula -
The Yucatán Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Alvarez hypothesis, the mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the transition from the Cretaceous (K) to the Tertiary (T) Periods (the K-T Boundary) 65 million years ago was caused by an asteroid impact somewhere in the greater Caribbean Basin. The deeply buried Chicxulub Crater is centered off the north coast of the peninsula near the town of Chicxulub. It is more than 180 km (110 mi) in diameter, making the feature one of the largest confirmed impact structures on Earth; the impacting object that formed the crater was at least 10 km (6 mi) in diameter.
Lake Bosumtwi
Lake Bosumtwi -
Lake Bosumtwi, situated within an ancient meteorite impact crater, is approximately 8 km across and the only natural lake in Ghana. The Ashanti consider Bosumtwi a sacred lake. According to traditional belief, the souls of the dead come here to bid farewell.
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