Treasures of the Boyne Valley

Treasures of the Boyne Valley by Peter Harbison Treasures of the Boyne Valley, the archaeologist and historian Peter Harbison traces the River Boyne from source to sea, covering human habitation from pre-history to the present day. The River Boyne flows through the rich limestone land of Co. Meath. Its combination of fertile soil and navigable access to the sea has ensured that it has been inhabited continuously from the end of the Ice Age.

Peter Harbison's book discusses the history of the Boyne Valley, the landscape, the peoples who have left their imprint on the region since pre-history, the houses and monuments, the battle sites and all the other aspects that make it such a rich source of interest.

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Events and people are featured such as the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and important figures from the area including the writers Mary Lavin and Francis Ledwidge.

Newgrange entrance The highlight of the book is of course the three great Stone Age burial sites at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The book also covers the history and archaeology of the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle and Mellifont Abbey.

There are a total of 122 photographs and prints in the Treasures of the Boyne Valley, many of photographs are by Tom Kelly which were especially commissioned for the book. Tom Kelly is resident of the Boyne valley and knows the area well.

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National and Historic Monuments of Ireland

National and Historic Monuments of Ireland Peter Harbison is an archaeologist and historian. The author of many books, including the definitive Guide to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, now in its fourth edition, he was for many years the editor of Ireland of the Welcomes, the principal periodical publication of Fáilte Ireland the Irish Tourist Board. He is the leading authority on Irish high crosses and is a former vice-president of the Royal Irish Academy, Honorary Member and Professor of Archaeology at the Royal Hibernian Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Since its first publication in 1970, the 'Guide to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland' has introduced countless thousands to the archaeological riches with which the Irish landscape is endowed. Detailed plans and reference maps, reconstructions and illustrations enliven the text, which describes all the monuments in close detail. A comprehensive introduction places these monuments within the context of Irish history.

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