We were then shown some stone and amber beads and ritual jewellery that were incredibly well crafted. One that particularly stood out to me was the head of a hammer that was made from a rare flint that ranged in colour form orange to grey. It was so smooth that our tour guide said it would have taken at least sixty years to rub and polish by hand to make it what it is today. She also said that the average life expectancy was only around forty years so it would have been handed down generations and used in all kinds of rituals and sacrifices to their pagan gods.
Last of all on our tour was the Iconic Treasures section. On show here were some pieces I had just been studying such as the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. These were absolutely amazing to see simply because of how intricate the designs and decorations were. The Ardagh Chalice was a lot smaller than I had imagined. It would have been used for religious purposes and it dates back to early Christianity so would have been used in monasteries. With its enamel studs and gold filigree I thought it was the most impressive artefact from that time.
The tomb was built for burial and what makes it one of the most famous tombs in Europe is that it is aligned perfectly so that on the winter solstice the sun upon rising will shine through a box above the door and will illuminate the passage and the burial site in the center, this would have taken a lot of research into sun patterns. We were shown a recreation of this using lights but it still gave us an idea what it would be like. After leaving the tomb we all walked around it and admired the work on the kerb stones around the edge before returning to the coach and College.