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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At a late stage in the Neolithic , there is evidence for the trade in flint as hoards of
flint implements have been found in a number of places . The techniques of
Neolithic flintworking are much more sophisticated than those of the Mesolithic (
This had not seen occupation although there was evidence of burning on its floor
. Around the outer wall of the hut were radially - set pits . At some point , the
structures were dismantled and thereafter there was a phase of sporadic use of
Some were reached by causeways and some have revealed evidence of
elaborate entrances – there was a log pathway to the entrance at Moynagh
Lough ; one of its timbers gave a dendrochronological date of 625 AD . At
Cuilmore Lough ...
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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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