Newgrange cursus

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Newgrange cursus
Sruth na Gráinsí Nua
Newgrange cursus is located in Ireland
Newgrange cursus
Shown within Ireland
Alternate name ga
Location valley of the River Boyne
Region County Meath, Ireland
Coordinates 53°41′42″N 6°28′23″W / 53.695135°N 6.473093°W / 53.695135; -6.473093
Type cursus
Part of Brú na Bóinne
Length 100 m
Width 20 m
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, iv
Designated 1993 (17th session)
Part of Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
Reference no. 659
Region Europe and North America

The Newgrange cursus is a Neolithic monument that constitutes part of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site in Ireland.

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.

External links[edit]


  • Lewis-Williams, D. and Pearce, D., Inside the Neolithic Mind, Thames and Hudson, London, 2005, ISBN 0-500-05138-0

Coordinates: 53°41′42″N 6°28′23″W / 53.695135°N 6.473093°W / 53.695135; -6.473093