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THE possibility that Newgrange could have a second passage tomb, which may also be aligned with a solstice event, is being explored by a team of Irish and Slovakian archaeologists who are using ground breaking technology.

Already part of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, Newgrange is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland and if a second chamber is uncovered it will add to its already global iconic status. 

Newgrange is synonymous with sunrise on the winter solstice but the possibility that it has another as yet unknown chamber is not being ruled out. 

Indeed the neighbouring mounds at Knowth and Dowth each have two passages. 

"The absolute best case scenario would be to demonstrate there is an undiscovered passage and chamber within Newgrange because despite how it may look the mound has not been fully excavated," said Dr Conor Brady, archaeologist with Dundalk Institute of Technology. Read more.