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MEGALITHS.NET - IRELAND

MEGALITHIC MAP of IRELAND

This map shows an astronomical overview of Ireland's megalithic sites.
First-time users please read the Index Page thoroughly for understanding.

Deciphered Megaliths

Ireland Sky Map

Above: Neolithic Sites in Ireland and their astronomical orientation
Details: Click a map area (not supported by all browsers)
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Click a link left for megaliths in a certain area of Ireland or for a specific site.
First-time users, please read the Index Page thoroughly for understanding.

The clickable map above shows an overview of the decipherment of the Neolithic (Stone Age) megalithic sites of Ireland. Ireland ca. 3117 BC was geographically surveyed by astronomy. Accordingly, certain areas of Ireland represent certain stars and stellar constellations of the sky, including the southern heavens.

Below are two typical decipherments of megalithic sites in Ireland.

COUNTY CARLOW represents the PLEIADES
at the Megalithic Sites ARDRISTAN and AGHADE

Ardristan (Ardristone) Ireland Pleiades

IRISH COUNTIES and STELLAR CONSTELLATIONS

As the map shows, there are the following general identities of counties and constellations (with major megalithic sites in parentheses), though of course there are overlaps and many of the ancient counties were differently marked. Nevertheless, these basics are still present:


Kerry = Vela (Derrynablaha), Cork =Carina (Ballybane, Uragh = the Argo, which consists of both Vela and Carina), Waterford = Eridanus (Knockeen Dolmen, Coumaraglin), Wexford = Cetus (Ballyboher), Limerick = the Hole in the Milky Way to the left of Canis Major (Lough Gur), Tipperary = Orion (Lisbunny, Timoney), Kilkenny = Taurus and the Hyades (Ballylowra, Ballyvatheen), Carlow = the Pleiades (Aghada, Ardristan), Wicklow = Aries and Triangulum (Baltynanima), Kildare = Perseus (Punchestown), Offaly = Gemini and Laois = Auriga (Clonkeen), Clare = Cancer (Poulnabrone, Gleninsheen, Liagans at Kilmihill), Galway = Leo and Hydra (Ballynacloghy), West Meath (Westmeath) = Camelopardalis and Cassiopeia (Cloghstuckagh, Aill na Mireann - the Catstone), Meath = Cepheus, Center of Heaven, North Ecliptic Pole, North Celestial Pole, Pole Star (Newgrange, Knowth, Tara, Loughcrew, Mullagharoy), Dublin = Andromeda (Ballyedmonduff), Cavan = Draco (Burren), Louth = Lacerta (Rathiddy), Longford = Ursa Minor (Aughnacliffe), Roscommon = Ursa Major (Skregg, Rath Cruathan), Leitrim = Boötes (Fenagh Beg), Mayo = bottom of Hydra, Corvus, Crater, Centaurus and Crux (Ceide Fields, Boheh), Sligo = Virgo (Creevykeel, Carrowmore, Carrowkeel), Fermanagh = Hercules (Killadeas), Monaghan = Cygnus (Drumnart), Armagh = Aquila (Annaghmare, Ballykeel), Down = Capricorn (Barnmeen), Tyrone = Ophiuchus, Serpens Caput (Beaghmore), Derry and Antrim = Sagittarius (Tirnony, Tireighter).

It should also be noted that there are duplications, such as Punchestown, because of the fact that the original survey was made ca. 3117 BC, but, due to precession, the stellar orientation changed. Accordingly, similar to e.g. Germany, where there are, e.g. two stones for Hydra, the eldest and largest being the Gollenstein (Gollenstone) at Blieskastel, so also in Ireland there are two stones for Perseus, easily distinguished as to era, and differently placed in terms of location.

Part of the job to be done in the future is to differentiate the Neolithic sites ca. 3117 BC
from those which are later in time.

The megalith Ardristan ( the Ardri stone )
in Carlow County, Ireland
is the only "rifled" megalith in Ireland
and compares to the rifled Tuilyies Stone in Scotland (Tuilyies thus = Tullow, Ireland)
with the similar Arabic term Al Thurayya meaning Pleiades.
Manx Gaelic calls the Pleiades the similar term Yn Trilleen.

This was the first stone in Ireland deciphered by Andis Kaulins,
on the basis of the already previous decipherment of the megaliths of Scotland,
which had shown the rifled stone Tuilyies to represent the Pleiades.

The Irish megalith shows us why the stones were "rifled".
They obviously represented the Pleiades as eels striving upward,
as in their real life migrations.

Manx Gaellic calls an eel an ASTAN (like ARDRISTAN)

Aghade Ireland Pleiades

This decipherment is strengthened securely by the Aghade Capstone in Carlow County, similarly showing eels all striving to the surface of the foundation stone, seen by the ancients as the seed of creation, the eels being similar to the seed and emanating astronomically from the protrusion of the Milky Way below Perseus.

The Irish word for eel is EASG so this is not AGHADE, but the Gaelic term GAD meaning "withe" or "rod" would seem to account for the site name AGHADE. As a county name, Carlow in Gaelic is said to derive from Ceathar Loch "four lakes", perhaps the four main stars of the Pleiades. However, the accepted current Gaelic name for the Pleiades is Griog Lach = Carlow.

THE COUNTIES OF IRELAND

As discovered by Andis Kaulins, the counties of Ireland - of Ancient Eire, reflect ancient regional borders which were fixed in Ireland by megalithic astronomy and geodetics in an era that megaliths.net calculates to be around 3117 BC.

As can be seen from the map above, ancient regions were surveyed and marked by megaliths
- much as we place surveyors "cornerstones" underground today - and, since astronomy was used for triangulation and orientation, the resulting regions or later similarly bordered modern "counties"
represented groups of stars (constellations) of the heavens.

These "land parcels" have been largely retained into our modern age.
though their exact size and shape will surely have changed some in the interim.

Nevertheless, using the megalithic sites of Ireland as the "ancient surveying record" it will surely be possible ultimately to reconstruct the ancient borders with great accuracy.

megaliths.net has not yet deciphered enough sites to reconstruct these borders as they once were, but we can with certainty form a general map as above



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