Exploring Newgrange by
Liam Mac Uistin -
Older than the Egyptian pyramids, older than Stonehenge,
for 5,000 years the ancient megalithic
tomb at Newgrange in County Meath
has housed the remains of Stone Age aristocracy,
sheltering the spirits of the long dead from the outside world. This book explores
the creation, building and discovery of Newgrange.
Why did these people spend years
building this tomb? How did they move huge boulders miles across hilly country and
erect them at the site, without the aid of machinery? Modern archaeological techniques
have revealed much about the lives of our Stone Age ancestors, but Newgrange still
retains many of its secrets. Exploring Newgrange uncovers, in words and illustrations,
the extent, and limitations, of our knowledge of this world-famous site.
Liam Mac Uistin is a well-known author and playwright. His versions of ancient Irish stories
and legends have been published in the Irish language. His plays for stage,
television and radio have been produced in many European countries and in Canada,
Australia and New Zealand. His television play The Glory and the Dream won the Radio
Telefís Éireann award. His stage plays have been produced at the Abbey and Peacock
theatres in Dublin. His stories and plays have received many literary awards.
Liam Mac Uistin is the author of The Tain, (O'Brien Press) a hugely popular book
for the young reader on this great Celtic epic. He lives in Dublin with his family.
Exploring Newgrange by Liam Mac Uistin is an excellent introduction to
other Brú na Bóinne Megalithic Passage Tombs at
. This very readable book
includes maps, reconstruction drawings and photographs. With 111 pages this book is
certainly not an in-depth academic study of the wonderful and mysterious Boyne Valley
Monuments. While the sleeve notes describe Newgrange as "an amazing stone age place
of mystery and spiritual worship", the books itself is written in an encyclopaedia
type style which will suit readers who are just beginning to learn about Newgrange.
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