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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IWA IWB IWC IWD IWE IWF Beginning Absence of Woodland and Climax of
Deciduous Woodland Degradation of Woodlands as soils age and evergreen
trees expand Immigration of Woodland Emigration Finish of and Ebbing of | |
45 1 Schematic pollendiagram to illustrate the phases of woodland development
in the Gortian Warm Stage . pollens are expressed by bars of appropriate length .
The bars may stand independently or they may be linked to give a curve .
77 Phases of woodland development in the Littletonian Warm Stage in Ireland .
PHASES ILWA Absence of Woodland Open Vegetation ILWB Beginning and
Immigration of Woodland ILWC Climax Stage of Deciduous Woodland ILWd ,
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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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