Newgrange - Geraldine Stout and Matthew Stout
is the most visited archaeological site in Ireland. Every year around 250,000 people come to the see
this Neolithic passage tomb. Designed for the general reader with an interest in Irish prehistory, this book
explains the results of decades of excavation and analysis in one volume. It is written in a lively style that seeks at the same time to be authoritative and thorough.
Aside from its accessibility and good state of preservation, Newgrange's Winter solstice
phenomenon, in particular,
has made it famous throughout the world. While it is the best-known ancient site in Ireland, many aspects
of Newgrange are not clearly understood; other aspects are just taken for granted: why is there a three
meter high quartz wall around its entrance; how does the roof box work; what was the inspiration for its art and architecture?
The book is arranged in such a way as to replicate a visit to the site. It pauses over points of art
and construction that the visitor will not have had time to examine in detail on a conventional guided
tour. Newgrange is the synthesis of years of excavation and research at home and abroad; from the
detailed reports stemming from the excavations of M.J. O'Kelly
to the current international debate
about its construction and reconstruction.
This is the first book on Newgrange to draw on O'Kelly's
private papers and to incorporate the results of more recent and as yet unpublished excavations.
This book will clarify many complex issues that have been addressed in widely scattered publications,
using original illustrations to assist the reader, and more importantly, it places the monument in its broader cultural context.
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The book is most attractivelly designed and produced by Cork University Press and is an invaluable addition
to the ever expanding literature on Irish prehistory.
Liam Irwin - North Munster Antiquarian Journal.
Throughout the lavish and clear illustrations make it easy to understand the monument
and to follow the narrative. This is a cracking read and outstandingly good value.
Alison Sheridan - British Archaeology.
This little book is designed for a generalist audience those who have visited plan to visit or
wish they could visit the neolithic passage tomb of Newgrange County Meath
. Its authors make
no pretence that it is other than a personal interpretation of this much discussed monument.
It is a beautifully illustrated book its many high quality colour photographs and drawings
alone making it a valuable acquisition for anyone interested in Newgrange.
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