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MEGALITHOMANIA CONFERENCE 2007
Details are announced of the line-up for the annual Megalithomania Conference, to be held in Glastonbury on May 19th and 20th, 2007. This year's event will feature a talk by Mythical Ireland's Anthony Murphy, co-author of Island of the Setting Sun. Click here to read more.

DOCUMENTARY MAKERS VISIT NEWGRANGE
A new documentary about how ancient cultures replicated the cosmos on the ground brought film-maker Roel Oostra to the Boyne Valley to film the Mythical Ireland team talking about Cygnus, the Milky Way, precession and much more. Click here for more.

NEW SAVE TARA WEBSITE
A new website intended as a resource centre for news, information and publicity about the threat to the Hill of Tara has been established. Click here for more.

TOMB WITH A VIEW FOR SAMUEL BECKETT!
The small passage-tomb of Fourknocks was the setting for the performance of some Samuel Beckett drama, according to the Meath Chronicle. See this page for more.

CROAGH PATRICK'S "ROLLING SUN" FEATURED ON TV
A TV film crew has captured the rolling sun phenomenon at Croagh Patrick, viewed from the Boheh Stone, according to the Western People newspaper. Read more here.

ROCK ART DISCOVERY
Ancient rock art has been discovered at Teltown House, Co. Meath, by Professor George Eogan. Click here for details.

THREAT TO HIGH CROSS
Muiredach's Cross, one of the finest examples of a High Cross in Ireland, which dates to the 10th Century, is not adequately protected from vandalism or acid rain, a local heritage group has claimed. Click here for details.
THE BOYNE VALLEY ENVISIONED
November 2002: A unique collaboration of art and archaeology is to take place at the OPW, St Stephen's Green, in December with an exhibition of paintings by Richard Moore launched by eminent archaeologist Geraldine Stout.
Click here for details.
HUGE TEMPLE DISCOVERED AT TARA
Nov. 2002: A huge temple, once surrounded by about 300 huge posts made from an entire oak forest, has been discovered directly beneath the Hill of Tara in Co Meath. Read more.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS STRIKE GOLD AT KNOWTH RINGFORT
August. 2002: Archaeologists digging at a ringfort near Knowth, called Site M, found a piece of Anglo-Saxon gold during excavations. The dig has revealed the site is in fact an Early Christian habitation site. Click here for story.
BLOCKING OUT THE LIGHT??
Dec. 2001: New research has shown that a proposed municipal incinerator to be located just three miles across the Boyne River from Dowth, may cause problems for the annual Winter Solstice event at nearby Newgrange. Click here for more details.

3RD STONE
Dec. 2001: Issue 41 of the 3rd Stone magazine is out now. Click here for more details.

NEW INSTITUTE:
April 22, 2001: A new website for the proposed Institute of Astroarchaeology established, featuring a new map of suspected astronomical alignments in the Boyne Valley, to which we have contributed. There are 11 confirmed alignments, more suspected. The International Institute of Astroarchaeology is a trans-disciplinary nonprofit organisation now being set up in Ireland, to promote awareness of the astronomical design of Irish megalithic monuments.

 

The Boyne Valley alignments

The virtual reality Brugh na Boinne

WALK THROUGH THE VIRTUAL BRUGH NA BOINNE:
April 22, 2001: A new virtual reality walk-through version of the Brugh na Boinne area has been created on-line by Victor Reijs. This fantastic resource enables the viewer to see the Brugh na Boinne sites from a number of viewpoints, from Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth or even Slane, and allows you to walk and fly around this virtual masterpiece. See also the Irish-Stones site for more details.

 

ENCOUNTER WITH MOON STONE:
March 6, 2001: BBC News Online science editor Dr David Whitehouse comes face to face with what is claimed to be the oldest map of the Moon ever made - inside the eastern passage of the ancient megalithic mound of Knowth.

WINTER SUN IN MAES HOWE:
Jan 2001: The Winter Solstice sunset inside the megalithic mound at Maes Howe on the Orkney Islands was captured on webcam in December 2000. See the results here.

DIRECTORS APPOINTED:
Jan. 15, 2001: A new Directorate (board of directors) was appointed for the Discovery Programme as of 15 January 2001. The following are the new members: Professor Michael Ryan (Chairman) Professor Terry Barry Professor John Coles Ms Margaret Gowen Mr Raghnall Floinn Professor Barry Raftery Mr Michael Starrett Professor John Waddell One vacancy remains to be filled by the Heritage Council. See more on the Discovery Programme website.

Newspaper articles about ancient sites

April 6, 2001 There's life at the end of the tunnel - a badger inside Newgrange!!
August 4 , 2000 Archaeologist surveys Ashbourne sites
July 14, 2000 Further standing stone discoveries
June 23rd, 2000 Boyne Valley heritage 'under siege'
April 28, 2000 Ancient sites threatned by motorway
April 26, 2000 One-third of Irish heritage sites now wiped out
April 22, 2000 New road poses big threat to ancient sites
January 7, 2000 Local men make solstice discovery at Baltray

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