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Treasures of the Boyne Valley

Treasures of the Boyne Valley by Peter Harbison In the book 'Treasures of the Boyne Valley', Peter Harbison an archaeologist and historian, 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.

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. Newgrange entrance

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.

Book Contents:

  • The Boyne from Source to the Sea
  • Edenderry and the western end of the Boyne
  • Clonard to Donore
  • Trim and environs
  • Bective area
  • Navan area
  • Along the Boyne Walk towards Slane
  • Heading towards Slane
  • Slane
  • The Bend of the Boyne, Brú na Bóinne and Duleek
  • Oldbridge, Mellifont and the Battle of the Boyne
  • Drogheda
  • The estuary and the sea
  • Ireland's oldest man-made artefact
  • The Mesolithic
  • The Neolithic, or New Stone Age
  • Passage Graves in the Bend of the Boyne
  • Dowth
  • Knowth
  • Newgrange
  • Sacred landscape
  • The Hill of Tara
  • The Hill of Slane and the coming of Christianity
  • Upstream to Clonard
  • High Crosses
  • Round Towers and Vikings
  • Mellifont
  • Trim Castle
  • Drogheda Town Walls
  • Newtown Trim
  • Medieval effigies
  • Bective Abbey
  • Athlumney Castle
  • Wayside Crosses
  • The Battle of the Boyne
  • Bellinter House
  • St Peter's Church of Ireland Church, Drogheda


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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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Boyne Valley Tours Private Tour with pick up and return to your accommodation. Newgrange World Heritage site, the 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice, Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings, Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433 More ...

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