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Solar millennium dawns in Ireland
NEWGRANGE, Ireland (AP) - While much of the world waits for Jan. 1, sun
worshippers celebrated the dawn of a new solar millennium today when winter
solstice rays pierced the stone heart of Ireland's most ancient monument. On
an icy but clear Irish dawn, a few dozen people who had been on a 10-year
waiting list witnessed the first golden flash of sunrise as it shone into
Newgrange, a Neolithic burial chamber northwest of Dublin. Pagan engineers
constructed the massive stone dome more than 5,000 years ago, several
hundred years before the first pyramids in Egypt or the Stonehenge circle in
England. They placed its single narrow entrance precisely at the point where
it could capture the first flash of sunrise on the shortest day of the year.
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