Celtic Kerb Stones

Mr. O’Riordan’s classroom made celtic kerb stones last year. We used these to remind ourselves of their symbols as part of our Ringfort Project this year.
The Celts put kerb stones outside important places like Newgrange. The stones had symbols which represent different things.A loosely wound anti-clockwise spiral represented the large summer sun.A tightly wound, clockwise spiral represented a shrinking winter sun. A double spiral is used to represent the equinoxes, when day and night are of equal length. Chevrons resemble arrowheads used by hunters and warriors alike and were a symbol of power among the Celts. The dual centered spiral is also common in stone carvings. It has associations with motifs from other cultures such as the Yin Yang symbol. It signifies the duality of nature and balance.

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