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 Quaternary deposits exposed are of great interest and studies suggest that
among them are some that belong to a late ... During this stage , the general level
of the curve suggests relatively cool conditions , punctuated by five minor peaks ...
Dublin , suggests that a mixed lifestyle was practised by the inhabitants in
Neolithic times ; the Irish Mesolithic seems to have been a period of isolation
rather than of contact . The simplest explanation is that we have failed so far to
identify the ...
Dublin , some distance inland , suggests that there was an internal trade not only
in finished pieces but also in raw material . Roman coins and Romano - British
safety - pin brooches ( fibulae ) provide clear - cut evidence of overseas trade as
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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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