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Five-Year Research Project Uncovers Giant Depiction Of Ancient Warrior

Meath Chronicle newspaper, March 3rd, 2004

TWO researchers have claimed that a huge, human-like depiction present in the road system straddling Meath and Louth could be the world’s largest ground-based representation of the constellation of Orion.

They say that there is “tantalising evidence” that the vast ‘High Man’ figure may have been set down in prehistory and a five-year project of research into ancient myths and stories has revealed a significant astronomical knowledge among our ancient ancestors.

Artist Mr. Richard Moore and journalist Mr. Anthony Murphy claim that the human-like depiction may explain why some mythical characters such as Cuchulainn, Amergin and Fionn Mac Cumhaill were described as giants.

The High Man posterA souvenir poster celebrating the discovery of the ‘High Man’ is being launched at an exhibition of Richard Moore’s paintings at the Martello Tower, Millmount, Drogheda, on Monday 22nd March at 7pm. The poster is B2 size, laminated and will be priced at 15 euro. Copies will be available at the Bru na Boinne interpretative centre and online at www.mythicalireland.com

The area covered by the colossal warrior-like individual is called the Barony of Ferrard, which comes from ‘Fear/Fir Ard’, the ‘High Man/Men’, originally Fir Ard Cianachta. In ancient times this area was called Muirthemne, which was “the plain Cuchulainn called his own.”

The High Man is bounded by the River Boyne to the south and the River Dee to the north, measures 12 miles from head to toe, and is surrounded by and embedded with eminent ancient sites, including the world famous Bru na Boine passage mounds.

Mr. Moore said it was virtually impossible to say how long these roads were initially laid down but they know that certain roads are unusually straight, some of them for miles, and the figure was present on maps as far back as 1778. He said that the figure was not a precise rendering of the constellation Orion but did have a similar form. “Whether by accident or design, this human-like figure exists in the landscape and, just as an artistic image alone, it is breathtaking. But there are numerous fragments of evidence which could support the idea that the ‘High Man’ is more than just a product of good fortune or coincidence,” he added.

“This is a new exploration of the mythical and archaeological landscape and may lead to a revision of how we look at the very intelligent people who left these potent myths and monuments behind,” Mr. Murphy said.

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Louth - Lugh's mound
Dunleer - Lann Léire
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The Poster

The High Man poster is a high-quality B2-sized poster which is laminated and features a silver glitter effect along the river Boyne. The poster will make a great present for anyone interested in Irish ancient sites and their mythology, astronomy, art and archaeology. The poster is a limited edition production. It is priced 15 euro. (P&P extra)

The poster is also available to buy at tbe Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Co. Meath. (Phone: +353 41 9880300)
News Articles
The High Man - a giant warrior in the landscape - Drogheda Leader
Five year research project uncovers giant depiction of ancient warrior - Meath Chronicle article
Researchers highlight "High Man" road link in South Louth - Drogheda Independent article
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