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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The original Lough Boora would have been broad enough for strong winds to
whip up considerable waves . When the waves reached the shore , they built up
a substantial storm beach . There would have been a lagoon between the beach
We cannot , therefore , overlook Denmark in our search for the original home of
the first men to reach Ireland . There is also an early Danish Mesolithic and this
spills over into eastern England , where it perhaps finds its finest flowering at Star
Dublin also preserve much of the plan of the original monasteries around which
they developed ( Illus . 151 ) . Research suggests that there may be as many as
two thousand ecclesiastical enclosures in Ireland . Of these , some were ...
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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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