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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( Based on water lake - mud is seen at the base of the section . On the right -
hand side of the work by section , wet fen - wood is seen growing directly on the
local glacial deposits 8500 R . Hammond ) years ago . When the lake margin was
As we have seen , if growing conditions are poor , the tree rings will be narrower
than those formed in good years . Professor Mike Baillie has developed a
chronology of growth rings of oaks covering the last 5000 years . He has
identified a ...
This is interrupted only where slopes are steep and , as we have seen , below
much of the peat there is a layer of tree stumps to indicate the former extent of
forest ( Illus . 76 ) . Away from the west coast , it is only on higher ground that
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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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