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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preserved bones poorly , it seems that relatively few people qualified for a tomb
burial . However , there are exceptions . Large numbers of cremated burials were
found in passage tombs at Tara and at Fourknocks in Co . Meath . Eligibility was
The macehead is quite small , about the size of a clenched fist It was found in
dark earth in the right - hand side - chamber of the east tomb . It is of flint and
must have been cut and polished using slivers of quartz and sand ; its fabrication
The material culture of the passage tomb builders was essentially the same as
that of the court tomb and portal tomb ... The tombs are then very particular , ritual
and other expressions of what seem to be fundamentally the same people .
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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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