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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (14 Mar. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500273715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500273715
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 18.8 x 2.1 cm
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I found this book was very enjoyable to read. It was written in plain English for easy reading, but it also goes into great detail about the science and Archaeology involved over the 13 years of excavation at Newgrange. Highly recommended!!
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Clearly written, in depth but not too wordy. Lots of good diagrams to support the text. Made visiting the site much more interesting.
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Well-documented account of the archaeology of the site...written by the head of the team.
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Very detailed, thorough, drawing of the stones and the applied carving. Smashin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly detailed book about an ancient mystery. 2 Aug. 2016
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A well written study of a stone age construct in Ireland, carbon-dated to about 2500 BC. (Far older than Stonehenge.) The site had been "disturbed" going as far back as 1700, which made things more difficult. But over a period of years O'Kelly and team excavated, analyzed and then reconstructed the tunnel and chamber using modern materials in a sensitive way so as to recreate the original without it showing. What emerges is an amazing feat for a people who had no metal tools, just ingenuity, dedication to a purpose, and strong backs. You will not only learn about the site itself, but also how archaeologists think and work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but could be a bit more readable 19 April 2012
By D. Jester - Published on Amazon.com
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I visited Newgrange some years ago, and wanted to read more about it, so I thought this would make a good addition to my personal library. It does, and has some good photographs and diagrams in it. VERY well researched, it includes about all of the information anyone could want on the subject. I would say it is a must own for someone looking for a scholarly text on this intriguing ancient site. On the downside, and the reason I could not give it 5 stars, is the fact that it reads like a never ending list of facts in prose form. Of course, we want the facts, but perhaps the addition of an occasional amusing (true) anecdote would have made it more pleasant to read. The last 1/3rd or so of the book is strictly diagrams, measurements, data, which make it valuable as a reference, but not so much to just sit down and read.
5.0 out of 5 stars does an excellent job of explaining the site and the progression of ... 24 Sept. 2015
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Visited Newgrange while in Ireland and bought this book after I got home because there is so much to learn on the subject. Mr O'Kelly, who conducted the research on Newgrange, does an excellent job of explaining the site and the progression of the work that was done there. If you only can have one book on Newgrange, this is the one to buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing place and book 6 July 2015
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Newgrange is amazing and I treasure this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The standard work on the world's oldest man made structure 31 Aug. 1999
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In the 1960's Michael O'Kelly and his team of student archaeologists restored the megalithic structure known as Newgrange. This book presents his findings and speculation on the ancient tumulus, and written and pictorial accounts of the reconstruction works itself.
Although the existence of the structure was known since Charles Campbell discovered it in 1699, its premier significance as a repository of ancient art, architecture and symbolism was never fully realised until Prof. O'Kelly and his team set about their work. The phenomenon of the roofbox, which for 7 minutes at dawn on the days of the winter solstice fills the central chamber with light, is incredible. I have visited the site more than 30 times, and had the privilege of a solstice viewing in 1994. I cannot recall a more fundamentally spiritual experience in my life.
This book has it all. The non-academic reader (I am one such!) may find certain sections a little turgid, but there are plenty of discussions on the mythology and symbolism to compensate for all the facts and figures if the latter don't suit. The illustrations are superb (photos, maps,pen/ink); the footnotes comprehensive, the objective analysis is compelling and the whole project just so worthwhile.
The reader can also enjoy placing their own interpretations on the significance of the carvings, objet d'art and the Solstice phenomenon, and be just as valid as anyone else. After all, the original builders left this earth 6500 years ago and didn't leave a users manual!!
Enjoy. 5 Stars (and the sun and moon as well!)
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