Newgrange : Archaeology, Art and Legend

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Professor O'Kelly, the most distinguished authority on Newgrange, demonstrates that this remarkable megalithic tomb, 'the great national monument of Ireland, was built about 3200 BC by Neolithic farmers, who possessed considerable expertise in engineering, architecture, art and astronomy.'

Not only did they erect a monument which has stood virtually intact for thousands of years, but they deliberately orientated it so that each year, on midwinter's day, the rays of the rising sun would shine through a special aperture to illuminate the inner passage and chamber.

Every stage in the excavation, interpretation and restoration of the site is described and fully illustrated, with additional major contributions from Claire O'Kelly, who collaborated in her husband's work at Newgrange from its beginning.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 188 x 247 x 19.05mm | 630g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 144 Illustrations, black and white; 13 Illustrations, color
  • 0500273715
  • 9780500273715
  • 400,048

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction to Newgrange, Claire O'Kelly: brief description; previous history of the site; Newgrange in early Irish literature. Part 2 Excavation: methods; the cairn slip; the great circle; the cairn; the exterior; the tomb interior. Part 3 Post-excavation: conservation and restoration.
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'A major contribution to the literature of megaliths and a landmark in these studies' - Professor Glyn Daniel 'An imaginatively written and lucid account which should fire the enthusiasm those little acquainted with antiquity' - Peter Harbison, Irish Independent 'Anyone who has a really serious interest in Ireland should buy this book' - Independent 'The definitive excavation report on the great tomb' - Archaeology
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About Michael J. O'Kelly

Widely respected as a teacher, writer and practising archaeologist, Michael J. O'Kelly was Professor of Archaeology at University College Cork from 1946 until his untimely death in 1982. His long career as an excavator culminated in his work at Newgrange, and his formidable list of publications on all aspects of Irish archaeology earned him the award of Doctor of Literature in 1963, the highest degree conferred by the National University of Ireland.
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