Scorched earth during heatwave reveals new monument at Newgrange

Henge believed to have been built some 500 years after Newgrange

The record dry spell has been credited with the discovery of a previously unknown monument beside Newgrange, Co Meath. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson/Anthony Murphy

The record dry spell has been credited with the discovery of a previously unknown monument beside Newgrange, Co Meath. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson/Anthony Murphy

The heatwave has been described as “critical” in the discovery of a henge, or circular enclosure in the Unesco World Heritage Site close to Newgrange in Co Meath.

The henge, which could measure up to 200m in diameter, is believed to have been built some 500 years after Newgrange, which dates from 3,000 BC.

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