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on 8 April 2010
Originally published as 'The Stars and the Stones' by Thames and Hudson. Brennan's book is part mythology, part art history, part astronomy and part detective story. This is a truly great read; Brennan takes the reader with him on a quest to unlock the hidden meaning behind some of the oldest man made marks on the planet found among the oldest buildings. Surviving preserved for over 5 thousand years, (predating the pyramids and Stonehenge by over 1000 years) the engravings on what archaeologist have called Irish passage tombs point in a very different direction.

Brennan weaves his way through ancient myth, astronomy and finally to an interpretation of the art and how that relates to the function of these mounds. In the process he unlocks the code, and reveals that the builders of Newgrange and older Irish megaliths were adept astronomers who recorded their data on the kerb and passage stones of their buildings. He capably demonstrates that these mounds are in fact calindrical devices. Brennan's discoveries (now 30 years old) are still cutting edge. If you are interested in the early intellectual development of man and are tired of hearing about aliens or graves, then here is a solid fascinating book by a pioneer whose conclusions still challenge modern perceptions. Exceptional writing and story telling makes the subject accessible while still giving real depth. A must read.
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on 1 January 2014
I just love this book, once I got used to Brennan’s numbering system
It has proved to be so helpful in understanding the ancients not just from Ireland but the British Isles as well.
A must if your going for a visit to see for yourself these wonderful mystical, megalithic mounds. It will help to make sense of it all
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on 8 April 2015
I bought this book with the intention of going off on many adventures. It is inspiring and informative ! There's so much history in this wee isle just waiting to be discovered and visited!! A good one for any outdoorsy type :)
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on 19 September 2014
Fascinating book that informs the reader of early celtic designs.
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on 22 December 2014
this bloke realy knows his stuff
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on 22 July 2013
I was surprised that these astrological alignments at Irish sites had remained doubted by archaeologists for so long when the evidence seems to be overwhelming. Grateful to the author for doing the research.
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on 11 February 2016
Interesting subject.
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on 12 March 2014
This edition is an improvement on the original issue. However, I still wonder why I cannot recall easily the explanations of the various markings.
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on 30 January 2015
interesting
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on 14 January 2015
Most interesting book.
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