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Galaxy – Books relating to Mythical Ireland Galaxy

A selection of over 120 books on a whole range of subjects, including popular titles

Galaxy New - recommended by Mythical Ireland Galaxy
The Mythology of Venus - an international collaboration of authors, featuring a foreword by Morgan Llywelyn and a contribution from Anthony Murphy, author of 'Newgrange: Monument to Immortality'.
Newgrange book Stouts
The new Newgrange book  
Newgrange is the most visited archaeological site in Ireland. Every year around 250,000 people come to the see this Neolithic passage tomb. This new book is a guide designed for the general reader with an interest in Irish prehistory. It 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.

Newgrange is simply the best example of a passage tomb in Western Europe and its solstice phenomenon, in particular, has made it famous throughout the world. It is also conveniently located only an hour from Dublin. 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. As two archaeologists with a lifetime of experience in the Boyne Valley we shared with most visitors the same uncertainties about the tomb; why is there a three metre high quartz wall around its entrance, how does the roof box work, what was the inspiration for its art and architecture? We chose to write this book in order to present our own personal interpretation of an intricate and often hotly debated story. See our praise for the book in our video news bulletin.. Click here to buy Newgrange
Secrets of the Stones - the book  


Also available from Geraldine and Matthew Stout is their report of the excavations at Site M near Knowth. Their archaeological digs at Site M in the Boyne Valley between 2002 and 2004 resulted in the identification of a new class of monument - an Early Medieval Secular Cemetery. Click here to buy the book

Temples of Stone by Carleton Jones Some time 6,000 years ago, the members of a now long-forgotten tribe dragged and lifted carefully chosen stones into place and built Ireland's first Temple of Stone. Over the next 2,000 years, hundreds more megalithic tombs were built across the country and then, around 2000 BC, the building stopped and the knowledge of what these remarkable stone structures meant to their builders was lost. After 4,000 years of silence, however, the stones are no longer mute. Every year, archaeologists discover more about these enigmatic monuments and instead of a single, simple answer to the question of what the megalithic tombs meant to those who built them, there is a multitude of answers, each one more intriguing that the next. As the Office of Public Works celebrates 40 years of the winter solstice at Newgrange and we enter Samhain, the Celtic New Year, Carleton Jones brings together the interpretations surrounding our megalithic tombs in a fully-illustrated popular format, shedding light on our ancestors belief systems and rituals and their deliberate manipulations of the world around them, often with drug-induced hallucinations.
All key sites in Ireland are discussed with 100 Sites Worth Visiting listed in a final chapter with photos, maps and detailed directions. Mythical Ireland's verdict: A wonderful volume, very well written and put together with many photographs and illustrations. A rich exploration of ancient Ireland. Click here to buy Temples of Stone.

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Island of the Setting Sun

If you like Mythical Ireland, then Island of the Setting Sun is an essential read

Cygnus Mystery

The Cygnus Mystery - Andrew Collins

Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne

Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne - Geraldine Stout


Newgrange -
Michael J. O'Kelly

The Book of Tara

The Book of Tara - Michael Slavin


Cosmos -
Carl Sagan

Keeper of Genesis

Keeper of Genesis - Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock

Celtic Myths and Legends - Charles L. Squire

The Sirius Mystery - Robert Temple

The Stones of Time

The Stones of Time - Martin Brennan

The Tain

The Tain -
Thomas Kinsella

Celtic M

Myths and Legends
of the Celts
T. W. Rolleston

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the
- JRR Tolkien

Ancient Books of Ireland

The Ancient Books of Ireland: M. Slavin

Archaeology and Irish prehistory

Most of these books are not only relevant, but essential, to any study of prehistory in Ireland. Popular titles would include Knowth and the passage tombs of Ireland as well as Landscapes of Neolithic Ireland and Newgrange.

Newgrange - Michael J. O'Kelly
Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne - Geraldine Stout
Early Ireland : An Introduction to Irish Prehistory - Michael J. O'Kelly, Claire O'Kelly
Knowth and the passage tombs of Ireland - George Eogan
Excavations at Knowth - George Eogan, Helen Roche
Excavation of an Early Medieval Secular Cemetery at Knowth Site M - Geraldine Stout and Matthew Stout NEW
Ireland in Prehistory - Michael Herity, George Eogan
Ireland : a Sacred Journey - Michael Dames
The Accomplished Art - George Eogan
Irish Prehistory - Gabriel Cooney, Stephen Mandal
Landscapes of Neolithic Ireland - Gabriel Cooney
The Bend of the Boyne - Geraldine Stout
Exploring Newgrange - Liam Mac Uistin
Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth - Werner Antpohler
Archaeological Survey of County Louth - Victor M. Buckley, David P. Sweetman
Standing Stones and Monuments of Early Ireland - Kenneth McNally
The Boyne : A Valley of Kings - Henry Boylan
Ancient Ireland - Nick Constable
Ogham - Susan Connolly, AnneMarie Moroney
The Book of Tara - Michael Slavin

Archaeology - General

Circles of Stone - Aubrey Burl, Max Milligan
A very popular and comprehensive volume, and a must-have for the stone age enthusiast.
The Ultimate "Time Team" Companion - Tim Taylor
The ever-popular Time Team, including TV actor Tony Robinson, feature in this book which details many of the archaeological investigations carried out by the team.

Underworld - Graham Hancock
Aerial Archaeology in Britain - D.N. Riley
Standing Stones - John Pierre Mohen
A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany - Aubrey Burl
Prehistoric Henges - Aubrey Burl
Prehistoric Stone Circles - Aubrey Burl
Four-posters Bronze Age Stone Circles of Western Europe - Aubrey Burl
From Carnac to Callanish - Aubrey Burl
Prehistoric Avebury - Aubrey Burl
Archaeology - Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn
Before Civilisation - Colin Renfrew
Mick's Archaeology - Mick Aston
A History of Britain 1 - Simon Schama
Behind the Scenes at "Time Team" - Tim Taylor, Chris Bennett
The Standing Stones of Wales - British Archaeological Reports
The Avebury Cycle - Michael Dames

Astronomy and Cosmology

Cosmos - Carl Sagan
The single best astronomically related volume I have ever read. Sagan takes us on an epic journey of imagination through the universe. Superb!!
2001 Yearbook of Astronomy - Patrick Moore
Essential information about what's happening in the night sky in 2001.

Billions and Billions - Carl Sagan
Contact - Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan, A Life in the Cosmos - William Poundstone
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's Universe : The Cosmos Explained - David Filkin
Afterglow of Creation - Marcus Chown (Very good)
The Magic Furnace - Marcus Chown
Norton's Star Atlas & Reference Handbook - Ian Ridpath (Essential for astronomers)
Exploring the Night Sky With Binoculars - Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore on Mars - Patrick Moore
Universe - Nigel Henbest, Heather Couper
To the Ends of the Universe - Heather Couper
The Planets - Nigel Henbest
Space Hopping - Nigel Henbest
The Skywatcher's Handbook - Colin A. Ronan, Storm Dunlop
The Universe Explained - Colin Ronan
Hubble Space Telescope - Mark Voit
Space Views from the Hubble Telescope 2001 Calendar - Scientific American
A Dictionary of Astronomy - Ian Ridpath

Ancient Astronomy

Keeper of Genesis - Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock
A thought-provoking and well researched volume on the ancient astronomical significance of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. A fantastic read from two renowned researchers and authors.
The Stones of Time - Martin Brennan
A comprehensive and fascinating study of Neolithic sites in Ireland, examining the solar, lunar and astral significance of 5000-year-old stone carvings. A must.

The Cygnus Mystery - Andrew Collins presents further evidence that the constellation Cygnus was important to the ancient megalith builders. A fascinating read.
Prehistoric Astronomy and Ritual - Aubrey Burl
Dowth: Winter Sunsets - Anne Marie Moroney (Great photos, great research, nice price! See more here.)
Irish Symbols of 3500BC - N.L.Thomas

Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland - Clive Ruggles
Stonehenge : The Secret of the Solstice - Terence Meaden
The Secret of the Avebury Stones - Terence Meaden
Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination - N.M. Swerdlow
Homer's Secret Iliad - Florence Wood, Kenneth Wood (Highly recommended)
Heaven's Mirror : Quest for the Lost Civilisation - Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia
Hamlet's Mill - Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von dechend
Uriel's Machine - Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas
Stonehenge - John North
Ancient Light : Our Changing View of the Universe - Alan Lightman
Sky Stories : Ancient and Modern - Roger Ptak
Astronomy in Ancient Times (Isaac Asimov's New Library of the Universe) - Isaac Asimov, Francis Reedy
Temple Festival Calendars of Ancient Egypt - Sherif El-Sabban
Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology - Charles H. Kahn
Conversing With the Planets : How Science and Myth Invented the Cosmos (Kodansha Globe) - Anthony Aveni
The Exact Sciences in Antiquity - Otto Neugebauer
The Place of Astronomy in the Ancient World - F.R. Hodson
The Calendar - David Ewing Duncan (An interesting read)

Mythology - Irish Interest

Celtic Myths and Legends - Charles L. Squire
The Mythology of the British Islands - Charles L. Squire
The works of Charles Squire are essential reading for anyone interested in ancient Irish and Celtic mythology.

The Ancient Books of Ireland - Michael Slavin.
Myths and Legends of the Celts - Thomas W. Rolleston
Ancient Irish Tales - T.P. Cross, C.H. Slover (Comprehensive and interesting - highly recommended)
Old Celtic Romances - P.W. Joyce
Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend - Miranda J. Green
Celtic Myths - Miranda Green
The Tain - Thomas Kinsella (The most popular translation of the ancient Irish epic "Tain Bo Cuailnge")
The Sacred Isle - Daithi O'hOgain
The Epics of Celtic Ireland : Ancient Tales of Mystery and Magic - Jean Markale, Jody Gladding
A Short History of Irish Literature - Seamus Deane
Tales of the Elders of Ireland - Ann Dooley, Harry Roe
The Mythology Series : Celtic - Arthur Cotterell
The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts - Jack Roberts, Joanne McMahon (Out in March 2001)

Mythology - Other

Dictionary of World Myth - Roy Willis, Ron Hayward
A Dictionary of English Folklore - Jacqueline Simpson, Steve Roud
The Hero With a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom - Geoffrey Ashe

Ireland - General

AA Essential Ireland - Brigid Avison, Penny Phenix
The Oxford History of Ireland - R.F. Foster
North Leinster - Christine Casey
Book of Irish Names - Ronan Coghlan, Ida Grehan, P.W. Joyce
Armagh, Down, Louth - Ordnance Survey
Best of Ireland - Southwater
Round Ireland With a Fridge - Tony Hawks
Ireland : The Rough Guide - Margaret Greenwood, Mark Connolly, Geoff Wallis
Lonely Planet : Ireland - Tom Smallman, Fionn Davenport
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide : Ireland - Dorling Kindersley
Ireland From the Air - Peter Sommerville-Large, Jason Hawkes

Ireland - Humour


The lost magic of Christianity : Celtic Essene Collections - Michael Poynder
Pi in the Sky - Michael Poynder
The Sirius Mystery - Robert Temple (Compelling but far-fetched)
The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail - Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln

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