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|Description ||A more recent view down the entrance passage than that previously submitted by David Morgan during reconstruction. The passage is now completely roofed over. I am not large, but the inner blocking stones are so close together that entry into the central chamber was impossible. This may have been a deliberate attempt to stop entry when the tomb was reconstructed.|
| Sounds like a challenge!|
| The practice of delibrately narrowing the passage seems to be common as is the placing of 'tripping hazards' across the passages in the form of broken stones, as is the case here, or full stones laid across the passage. You only have to look at chambered tombs in Ireland and Scotland to see this same practice. It is suggested that that only the High Priest and his entourage would be allowed in the main chamber and would know where the hazards were. Anybody other than the priest trying to enter the tomb would have to do so in the dark and would not be able to see the hazards. They would probably be very nervous entering such a 'sacred' place without authority that an unexpected tripping hazard or sudden narrowing of the passage would only raise their anxiety levels and hopefully deter them from going any further. This is one theory. Will we ever know? |
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