Professor George Eogan's new book, 'The Passage Tomb Archaeology of the Great Mound at Knowth' is an enormous tome and a hugely comprehensive and impressive account of the four decades of excavations at the monument.
I'm very excited to have received my copy of the book today and look forward to reading it. It is the comprehensive record of 40 years of excavation and convervation work at what has become known as one of the world's great archaeological treasures. Watch a video about the new book here:
The book is edited by Kerri Cleary, and contains many photos by my good friend and indeed extremely talented photographer, Ken Williams. It runs to about 900 pages and is an enormous work. It is impressive in its breadth, detail and size and I have no doubt that it will reveal many things about Knowth which were previously unknown to me.
The book, costing €50 (which is money very well spent I think you will agree), is available to order online from the Royal Irish Academy at this link:
Enter the ‘Ancient Sites’ section of this blog for a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the megalithic and sacred sites of Ireland. Find out all about the Stone Age and prehistoric ruins and learn more about the possible functions and alignments of these sites. Visit the great temples of Brú na Bóinne, the Hill of Tara, the ancient cairns of Loughcrew among many others.
Explore the ancient myths, legends and folklore of Ireland and their meaning. Read the epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, or the place-name myths in the Dindshenchas. Learn about how the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians came to Ireland and how the early texts describe various invasions of prehistoric Éire. Hear about Fionn and the Fianna, and discover how some myths might contain information about astronomy and the stars.
There is no doubt that the ancient megalith builders had a substantial knowledge of the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars through the heavens. Learn more about just how complex and impressive this knowledge was. There is evidence that the people of the Neolithic knew about the 19-year Metonic cycle of the moon, as well as being able to predict eclipses.