I am delighted to announce that I will be giving my first ever lecture in the United States in November. I have been invited by Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize winning Irish poet, to deliver a talk about the discovery of Dronehenge at Newgrange, at Princeton University.
The lecture is part of the fall 2019 Fund for Irish Studies series, and will be held at the James Stewart Film Theater, Princeton University, NJ, at 4.30pm on Friday 22nd November 2019. Admission is free and open to the public.
The lectures is tentatively titled 'Dronehenge: a discovery that radically changes our view of the Neolithic landscape of Brú na Bóinne'.
The talk will be introduced by Paul Muldoon, which is a huge honour for me. I am currently working on the completion of my new book about the discovery of Dronehenge, which is due for publication in early November. My first visit to the USA will be a tremendous opportunity to speak about this wonderful discovery and what it means for our understanding of the Boyne valley landscape. UPDATE: The Dronehenge book is gone to print and I should have copies available around 21st October. You can pre-order a signed copy of the book through my secure shop at this page.
See details of the talk on the Princeton University website here.
'Dronehenge', as it has become known, is a Late Neolithic henge discovered by Anthony Murphy and Ken Williams close to Newgrange in July 2018. It measures over 500ft across (154m) and is believed to date from at least 4,500 years ago. Its discovery - in conjunction with several other monuments in the vicinity - radically changes our view of the prehistoric monumental landscape of Brú na Bóinne. Read more about the discovery at these links:
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