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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This was later consolidated and uplifted as a fine - grained white limestone or
chalk . Siliceous debris in the ooze later coagulated as flint . In the Celtic Sea
basins , chalk accumulated to a thickness of at least 1000m . It seems that the rise
Wicklow , within the enclosure of a hill - fort there was intensive Later Bronze Age
settlement with evidence for burial , coarse pottery and luxury products including
elaborate stone beads and goldwork . Above all , the site was used for the ...
Later Bronze Age Houses In earlier editions of this book , it seemed more
important to advance explanations of why we knew so little of Later Bronze Age
habitation other than on wetland sites which preserved a substantial record of
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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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