Temples of Stone

Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland (Paperback)

By Carleton Jones

Price: 19.99


Some time around 6,000 years ago, the members of a now long-forgotten tribe dragged and lifted carefully chosen stones into place and built Ireland’s first ‘Temple of Stone’. Over the next 2,000 years hundreds of megalithic tombs were built across the country and then, around 2000 BC, the building stopped and knowledge of what these remarkable structures meant to their builders was lost.

After 4,000 years of silence, however, the stones are no longer mute. Every year archaeologists discover more about these enigmatic monuments. Instead of a single, simple explanation of what the megalithic tombs meant to those who built them, there is a multitude of answers. Carleton Jones brings together these varied interpretations to shed light on our ancestors’ belief systems and rituals, including their use of symbols, sound, colour and even hallucinatory visions.

The world of the megaliths and the megalith builders is brought to life in a fully illustrated, popular format, new in paperback. All keysites in Ireland are discussed and over 100 ‘Sites Worth Visiting’ are listed in the final chapter with photographs, maps and detailed directions to sites.

Bibliographic Data

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2013
  • Dimensions: 277 x 219 mm
  • Number of pages: 352
  • ISBN: 9781848891678
  • Illustrations note: Maps, Colour photos,

Editorial Reviews

"Accessible text is enriched by superb photos."

– British Archaeology

"Written in a clear and lucid style but is also filled with interesting details concerning a broad range of topics and ideas."

– Irish Arts Review

"Written with the layman in mind without forgetting that the serious-minded also need their diagrams fully notated."

– Sunday Tribune

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