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Newgrange [Paperback]

Michael Okelly
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April 1 1995 New Aspects of Antiquity
Older than Stonehenge, Mycenae and the Egyptian pyramids, the huge megalithic tomb of Newgrange in Ireland stands as a testament to the achievements of our Stoneage forebears over 5000 years ago. This is an account of that structure.

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By "tamun"
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid pictures May 30 2002
Format:Paperback
Provides plenty of technical information on the excavation and restoration of Newgrange without destroying the wonder of the site. Great drawings as well as photos, exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The standard work on the world's oldest man made structure Aug. 31 1999
By "tamun" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid pictures May 30 2002
By Karen Bledsoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Provides plenty of technical information on the excavation and restoration of Newgrange without destroying the wonder of the site. Great drawings as well as photos, exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but could be a bit more readable April 18 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.
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