Reading the Irish Landscape
This is the third revision of this seminal work. Co-authored by original author Frank Mitchell and now Michael Ryan, the result is a stunning collaboration between masters giving all the elements of the original book, modified, updated and further enhanced by the inclusion of a new narrative of Irish archaeology from the Stone Age to the Norman Invasion. Together they have successfully undertaken the daunting task of giving in one book the story of the shaping of the land from the beginning of time until now, by all tbe varying forces of nature, sea, climate, man and machine. The story takes in the shaping of the crust, the movement of glaciers, the first men and their primitive agriculture, their buildings and their effect on the forests, the growth of bogs, new migrations, the rise of the monasteries of the Early Christians and the castles of conquest, the devastation of war, urban growth, modern agriculture and afforestation, all set against the backdrop of the landscape, arguably one Ireland's most precious resources.
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There is an especially clear early attack on the forest at Cashelkeelty in Co .
Kerry where the woodlands were disturbed shortly after 4000 BC . Traces of
cereal pollen were found . Forest had re - established itself in the region by the
end of the ...
Whichever end of the range we favour , it is clear that this cultivation method is of
high antiquity in Ireland . What of the plough marks ? Ard marks on chalk soils in
Wiltshire go back to more than 2880 BC and there is also evidence of early use ...
It is clear from the material that an emporium of sorts existed at Drumanagh
where the manufacture of high status objects – typical Irish Iron Age snaffle - bits
in bronze and also in iron – took place . Substantial numbers of large copper
ingots in ...
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A fascinating read - taking a multi-disciplinary approach to describe the forces from geology to human activity to make the modern Irish Landscape. Constantly absorbing, never dull and with jargon kept to a minimum it is, nonetheless, a rigorous tour-de-force through history, geography, geology and archaeology through to modern planning.
It is a book that not only explains why things as they are - but arms you with the knowledge to change things to how you want them to be.
The End of the Ice
Response to Warm Conditions
The First Farmers c 42002500 BC
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