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Pathways to the Cosmos the alignment of megalithic tombs in Ireland and Atlantic Europe

This one-day conference is organised by Archaeology Ireland on behalf of the National Monuments Service at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works to mark European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


Pathways to the Cosmos—the alignment of megalithic tombs in Ireland and Atlantic Europe is a one-day conference exploring the connections between Ireland and Atlantic Europe and the likely role and meaning of the dark sky to our prehistoric ancestors as a response to the growing interest in astronomical heritage and the importance of the ‘Dark Sky’. It also illustrates the importance of this heritage and of megalithic tombs for communities and for cultural tourism.

An interdisciplinary gathering of eminent scholars and practitioners will explore connections between archaeology and cultural astronomy, linking the physical evidence and more intangible aspects such as the cultural ideas, beliefs and ceremonies of Neolithic and Bronze Age societies, with a focus on the seasonally changing skyscape.

Speakers will include:
  • Professor Richard Bradley (University of Reading)
  • Professor Gabriel Cooney (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Jane Downes (University of Highlands and Islands, Orkney)
  • Roisin Fitzpatrick (Artist, www.roisinfitzpatrick.com)
  • Professor Muiris O’Sullivan (University College Dublin)
  • Dr Frank Prendergast (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Professor Clive Ruggles (University of Leicester)
  • Professor Chris Scarre (University of Durham)
  • Dr Fabio Silva (UCL Institute of Archaeology and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David)
  • Clare Tuffy (Office of Public Works, Brú na Bóinne)
  • Ken Williams (Photographer, https://blog.shadowsandstone.com


Conference Programme:

08.30 – 09.15 Registration, tea/coffee

09.15 – 09.30 Opening address: Professor Gabriel Cooney (University College Dublin).

09.30 – 10.05: Children of the Sun? The European Megalithic phenomenon.

Professor Chris Scarre (Durham University).

10.10 – 10.45: Through a glass darkly: orientation uncertainty, passages and stars in the western Iberian Neolithic.

Dr Fabio Silva, UCL Institute of Archaeology & University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

10.45 – 10.55: Questions

11.00 – 11.25 Tea/Coffee

11.30 – 12.05: From Brodgar to Boyne: a cosmological interpretation of the alignments of burial monuments.

Professor Jane Downes (University Highlands and Islands, Orkney).

12.10 – 12.45: The prehistoric sky, 3000 to 1000 BC.

Professor Richard Bradley (University of Reading).

12.45 – 12.55: Questions

13.00 – 13.55 Lunch

14.00 – 14.35: Skyscape, Culture and the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition—a complex legacy.

Dr Frank Prendergast (Dublin Institute Technology).

14.40 – 15.15: Winter solstice at Knockroe, county Kilkenny

Professor Muiris O’Sullivan (University College Dublin).

15.15 – 15.25: Questions

15.30 – 15.55 Tea/Coffee

16.00 – 16.35: Touching the Ancestors—3 perspectives on bridging a 5000 year
cultural time gap.

Waiting for the Light

Clare Tuffy (Office of Public Works, Visitor Services Manager, Brú na Bóinne).

Art, architecture and astronomy in the Irish passage tomb tradition

Ken Williams, photographer (https://blog.shadowsandstone.com).

inLIGHTin Ireland® : where ancient wisdom inspires ingenious innovation

Roisin Fitzpatrick, artist (www.roisinfitzpatrick.com).

16.40 – 17.15: Cultural astronomy and cultural heritage: a global perspective

Professor Clive Ruggles (Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester).

17.15 – 17.25: Questions

17.30: Close of conference: Professor Gabriel Cooney (University College Dublin).


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