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 general rise in temperature would also affect current agricultural practices . It
is therefore of the highest importance to endeavour to predict future climatic
developments and one road to this knowledge is most detailed studies of recent ...
The general trends of its thermal record are essentially the same as those from
the ocean . Column E deals with sea level rise ( see also Illus . 60 ) . When great
masses of the earth ' s volume of water were locked up in ice sheets , the sea
Pollen analysis from sites widely distributed throughout the island seem to
indicate that there was a rise in arable farming from about 1400 - 1300 BC which
reached a peak about 800 BC . The rise seems to have been sustained therefore
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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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