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Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne

Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne

Hardback Irish Rural Landscapes

By (author) Geraldine Stout

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  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 249mm x 302mm x 20mm | 1,474g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1859183417
  • ISBN 13: 9781859183410
  • Illustrations note: maps, colour photographs, drawings
  • Sales rank: 447,461

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The first off-shoot of the internationally successful Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape, Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne is the exploration of an outstanding archaeological landscape centred on Newgrange Passage Tomb and its greater environs. In ancient times it was called the Brugh na Boinne. Today this area is designated as a World Heritage site and is Ireland's first protected Archaeological Park. Its rich fertile soils and south facing slopes are set in County Meath in the most accessible, low-lying part of Ireland and close to the Irish Sea. This is where the great pre-historic tomb-building tradition of Atlantic Europe reached its zenith. It is where legend says the foundations of Irish Christianity were laid and is also the home of Ireland's first medieval Cistercian monastery at Mellifont. On the banks of the Boyne in 1690 one of the most important battles in Irish history was fought. The Bend of the Boyne had a pivotal role to play in Irish history and this is evident in its abundant physical remains, which can be traced amongst its fields and riverbanks. Through the interpretation of these remains this book presents an understanding of how this landscape was organized and exploited by communities over seven thousand years of settlement. This book draws heavily on the results of an extensive programme of excavation at Knowth, Newgrange and Monknewtown and archaeological survey, which has greatly increased our knowledge of prehistoric societies. Using a wide range of maps, colour photographs and historic, as well as new drawings, it traces the gradual evolution of the landscape to the present day. This book is also concerned with the future of this protected cultural landscape and recommends actions to ensure its protection and preservation.

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"Dowth, Knowth, Newgrange--over 7000 years of human art and artefact--are but a few of the treasures to be found on the valley of the Boyne. Through this ancient valley with its own fascinating physiographic history, each successive wave of human occupance has deposited landscape evidence of its lifeways, beliefs and symbols. Tara, Rossnaree, Cormac Mac Airt--from pre-historic legend and archaeological record through the well-documented episodes of Saint Patrick, Norse and Saxon, Mellifont monks and medieval merchants, battles of the Boyne, Cromwellian surveys and settlers, rich eighteenth century estates to twentieth century agribusiness--it is all here, Ireland's entire story in microcosm--including, of course, illustrations of its literary and artistic representations. Geraldine Stout's "Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne" is a truly delightful read. With its splendid graphic illustrations and ingenious cartography serving succinct vignettes from cultural history, this book... Is historical geography at its best."