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The Stones of Time: Calendars, Sundials, and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland Paperback – October 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; Reprint edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815098
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A pioneering work . . . we may have been given a revelation of the cosmological beliefs of our distant forefathers." (The Times Literary Supplement)

"One of the most dramatic archaeological detective stories of our time . . . provides one exciting and awesomely beautiful drama in the continuing search for man's intellectual past." (Alexander Marshack, author of The Roots of Civilization)

"The most complete record of Irish megalithic art ever published . . . calculated to overturn some fundamental doctrines of prehistoric archaeology and initiate an entirely new mode of enquiry."  (John Michell, author of Secrets of the Stones)

"An exciting and fascinating book." (The Irish Times)

About the Author

Martin Brennan is a New York artist who spent three years of study on prehistoric art in Mexico and a similar period in Japan. Of Irish parentage, he was drawn to Ireland and the Boyne Valley, where he spent six years studying the neolithic stone chambers and their symbolic art before formulating the groundbreaking theories set forth in this book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Square Eye on April 9, 2010
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Originally published as 'The Stars and the Stones' by Thames and Hudson. Brennan's book is part mythology, part art history, and 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) 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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