Walking With Our Ancestors - Public Lecture - December 15th
Public lecture by Anthony Murphy
Author of Island of the Setting Sun and creator of MythicalIreland.com.
Anthony will be presenting new information arising from his continuing research.
Wednesday December 15th at 8pm
St Mary's Church of Ireland, Navan (opposite the Newgrange Hotel).
MAHS (Meath Archaeological and Historical Society) event.
Island of the Setting Sun by Anthony Murphy and Richard Moore.
Archaeologists have been probing individual sites over the last fifty years, and have been revealing intriguing information, carvings, artefacts and dating material which, as well as answering many questions, pose even more about the purpose and genesis of these great monuments. Perhaps more importantly, some of the ancient stone sites continue to function more than five millennia after they were constructed, with famous examples, such as Newgrange and Dowth, featuring alignments to the winter solstice sun.
In Island of the Setting Sun a greater story of their genesis can finally be told. As these sites awaken from the slumber of five thousand years, we can more definitively describe their true purpose – to track time, vast periods of time, to bring the sky down on to the ground in a grand astronomical scheme. The authors’ exploration of the sky-ground system is taken from an array of perspectives, most notably through the ancient stories about these places – some of which may be as ancient as the sites themselves. Within the complex layers of myth, folklore and place name stories lies a concealed astronomical language. Interpreting these coded cosmological messages, the authors have found that together the landscape, the astronomy and the myth reveal the true intent of the megalithic master builders of a time when giants were said to rule the land.
Boyne Valley Private Day ToursPick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour: Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice, Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433 More ...