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Re: Newgrange: quartz and granite wall
Jul 17, 2016, 20:05
It could also be said that the near vertical walls at Gavrinis, Petit Mont, Barnenez etc. would have never stood, but sections of these were found in situ.

It's often been claimed that quartz had to be brought to site by O'Kelly. I've discussed this with several people involved in the dig and just a couple of weeks ago Geraldine Stout made clear in a public talk on Newgrange that all quartz used at Newgrange was found on site, none was brought in. Claire O'Kelly also pointed this out in no uncertain terms to a guide there in the early 80's who claimed in front of tourists that some of the quartz was brought in during the excavations.

Ann Lynch's excavations seems to bear this out, she found a quartz layer further back around the mound. The current quartz wall peters out before it gets this far, so the unusable quartz only meant that the quartz section could not wrap around as far as it did originally.
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