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habitation in Ireland dates back to 7,000 BC, the hunter-gather period, which historians
refer to as the Mesolithic Age. Around 4,000 BC, this wandering lifestyle of Homo-sapiens
came to an end when farming was introduced into the culture by way of what would be later
known as Britain and Western Europe. It is during this period, from 4,000-2,300 BC the
Neolithic Age, that the majority of the Megalithic tombs that we still see today were built,
although some tombs continued to be built well into the Bronze Age beginning around 2,300
BC. Soon after, the construction of large monuments began to decline, but they continued to
erect standing stones well into the end of the Iron Age in 500 AD. Excavations of these
monuments have shown human remains were deposited after cremation. In addition, pottery
and stone tools were laid with burials. Researchers and archaeologists have also discovered
that ritual practices took place at various times of the year, with many of the monuments
carefully positioned by their builders to take into consideration the surrounding landscape as
well as the sunrise, sunset, lunar position and the location of rivers and springs deemed
sacred by the people of that time. Today, many of these outstanding monuments are still with
us, and it is a legacy we can be very proud of and a history and heritage we must continue to
treasure and preserve.
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Welcome to the website of Megalithic Monuments of Ireland.
This website is the result of our love and passion for
Archaeology as well as our devotion to the wonderment of the
many Megalithic monuments throughout Ireland. We have
travelled the country to bring you some fantastic photos of these
extraordinary monuments, which have stood proudly today as a
durable testament to their ingenious builders. The construction
and use of these monuments have long puzzled us, and even
though today we know much about their history and
construction, there are aspects that remain a mystery. But our
lack of a complete understanding of these edifices does not take
away from their beauty and majesty and, as such, we are
encouraged to think of these great monuments as stone pages in
the book of ancient history and human rituals and beliefs of our
ancestors on this island. Our earliest evidence of human
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MONTH
JULY 2014
ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS
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STANDING STONE
COUNTY LOUTH
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This web-site, by artist &
researcher Martin Byrne features a
large collection of ancient
megalithic sites, mythology, art
and astronomy, with some virtual
tours. The site is especially
informative on the main Sligo sites
and also contains a comprehensive
section on the Boyne Valley
complex.

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The Royal Irish Academy has
organised a series of lectures on
the momentous events of 1014,
Brian Boru, the Vikings in Ireland
and much more, also the focus of
an exhibition based on the Library
collections. The exhibition will run
from March until the end of June
2014, no need to book & all are
welcome. See their web-site below.


WEB LINK
BATTLE of CLONTARF
Library Exhibition and Lectures
The I.A.I. Presents:
The Archaeology of Settlement
creating and inhabiting urban and
rural spaces

ALL WELCOME
Just turn up and pay on the day, no
requirement to register in advance.
Day rates are also available.
Spring Conference Fees:
IAI Member €30.00
Non-Member €50.00
They are delighted to be in a position
to continue to offer reduced rates for
Non-Member Student/Unwaged €5.00

http://www.iai.ie/
B.R.A.C.

The British Rock Art Collection
is a large image gallery, covering
almost 1,200 rock art sties across
the British Isles. Founded in
2004 by Dutch rock art
enthusiast Jan Brouwer & his
friend Gus Van Veen, with the
intention of bringing together
images of as many rock art sites
in the UK. Sadly in 2011, Jan
passed away and the web-hosting
company ‘Fotopic’ closed down &
the Rock Art Gallery was lost. As
a tribute to Jan, his friends have
taken steps to rescue the gallery
& rebuild it into the new web-site.
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NEW TO OUR RANGE
To Commemorate the
1,000 Anniversary of the
** Battle of Clontarf **
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