014 New Henge Discovery in Boyne Valley – Anthony Murphy

Welcome to Episode 14 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. Coming up is the 2nd of two interviews with Anthony Murphy, an expert on the World Heritage Site known as Bru na Boinne or the Boyne Valley. In this episode Anthony talks about his recent, once-in-a-lifetime discovery made when doing some aerial photography. It appears to be an ancient henge.

Anthony Murphy guides a Thin Places tour at the Knowth monument
Anthony Murphy guides a Thin Places tour at the Knowth monument

#014 New Henge Discovery in Boyne Valley – Anthony Murphy
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guests – Anthony Murphy – Mythical Ireland
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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Discovery 

Anthony Murphy and friend find a new henge near Newgrange

This episode is a follow up to episode 13 where I interviewed Irish ancient monument expert, Anthony Murphy. Anthony is a husband and father of five who currently works full time as a journalist. He spends a portion of his free time examining, studying and photographing the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley – a World Heritage Site. This Valley is not too far from where Anthony lives and if you follow his facebook page – Mythical Ireland, you’ll see that he gets out quite often to photograph the area at various stages of daylight and twilight throughout the changing seasons of the year.

In July of this year – 2018, Anthony and a friend were in the Boyne Valley doing some arial photography with drones. Anthony was able to see a previously undiscovered henge and two smaller mounds in a farmer’s field. The postholes were only evident because of the recent drought that Ireland had suffered. Anthony reported his findings and shared the videos with local television and by the next morning, his discovery had moved around the world – featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR Radio and Time magazine.

In this interview Anthony shares information about the discovery and what it possible tells us about the ancient people who lived there.


Video that captures the new discovery

Additional video regarding the new discovery

Mythical Ireland – Anthony Murphy – website

Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past
New book by Anthony Murphy (amazon ink)
For autographed copy, purchase from Anthony’s website

The New Henge of Newgrange: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Discovery – blog post by Anthony Murphy on the new henge he and a friend discovered in July 2018

The Newgrange Henge: A Preliminary Investigation of Possible Astronomical Alignment  

Anthony Murphy YouTube Channel – Mythical ireland

Anthony Murphy Amazon Author Page

Mythical Ireland Facebook Page

Newgrange and Bru na Boinne – World Heritage Site

We thank Anthony Murphy for being so generous with his time and offering such wisdom to you, our listeners.

Anthony has been a local guide for some of our Thin Places Mystical Tours. We celebrate his discovery and the what he and others like him continue to bring to those interested in the ancients and thin places.

Anthony Murphy and Mindie Burgoyne
Anthony Murphy and Mindie Burgoyne in 2016 on the Discover the North Thin Places tour

Thank you for listening to the Thin Places Travel Podcast. You can find us on the web at thinplacespodcast.com. You can also find me on twitter at @travelhags and facebook.com/thinplaces.

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In our next episode, we will feature author and speaker, Dolores Whelan who will discuss her book, Ever Ancient, Ever New

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