The ritual origins of the roof-box at Newgrange

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dc.contributor.advisor Fowler, Jonathan, 1972-
dc.creator Freeman Marr, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-18T13:52:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-18T13:52:04Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/27657
dc.description 1 online resource (iii, 54 p.) : illustrations (some colour)
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-54).
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the unique archaeological feature of Newgrange known as the roof-box, which was rediscovered after the excavations carried out at the site in the 1960s by Michael J. O’Kelly. This rediscovery led to the realization that the roof-box is in fact an open structure that is aligned with the winter solstice sun, and that the solstice sun annually penetrates the passageway illuminating the chamber of the tomb. Since this discovery, Newgrange has grown into a major tourist site that is focused on the solstice phenomenon. This thesis will examine concepts of ritual throughout history in association with the roof-box and winter solstice. It will also examine concepts of authenticity and public ritual in the form of modern tourism, and the various ways in which the roof-box at Newgrange is interpreted. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.title The ritual origins of the roof-box at Newgrange en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Bachelor of Arts (Honours Anthropology)
thesis.degree.level Undergraduate
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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