The cursus is barely visible today but extended around 100 m from the valley of the River Mattock to climb the ridge occupied by the Newgrange tomb. Here it is rounded off by a terminal bank. The cursus was around 20 m wide. It is uncertain whether the cursus predates or post-dates Newgrange but may have been contemporary with four henges in the lower part of the river bend and is positioned so as to be potentially used as a ceremonial approach towards (or away from) these later monuments.
Lewis-Williams, D and Pearce, D, Inside the Neolithic Mind, Thames and Hudson, London, 2005, ISBN 0-500-05138-0
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