Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne

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Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne explores the outstanding archaeological landscape centred on the Newgrange Passage Tomb and its greater environs. This area is designated a World Heritage Site and is Ireland's first protected Archaeological Park. The Bend of the Boyne had a pivotal role in Irish history and this is evident in its abundant physical remains, which can be traced amongst its fields and riverbanks. Through the interpretation of these remains, the author presents an understanding of how the landscape was organised and exploited by communities over 7,000 years of settlement. It draws heavily on the results of an extensive programme of excavation at Knowth, Newgrange and Monknewtown and archaeological survey, which has greatly increased our knowledge of prehistoric societies. Using a wide range of maps, colour photographs and historic as well as new drawings the evolution of the landscape to the present day is outlined. The author also addresses concerns about the future of this protected cultural landscape and recommends actions to ensure its protection and preservation. Geraldine Stout is an archaeologist with the Archaeological Survery of Ireland, Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. She assisted on the excavations at Knowth and Newgrange and has undertaken postgraduate and doctoral research on the Boyne valley.