Astronomy Ireland Public Lecture
" Astronomy in Irish Prehistory: fact or fiction "
By Frank Prendergast, Spatial Studies DIT.
Monday 14 February 2011 at 8:00pm
Trinity College, Dublin
About the Lecture
Dr Frank Prendergast is a well-known expert on Ireland's national monuments. In this talk he will explore the relationship between astronomy and our national monuments. He will talk about recent developments in our knowledge of astronomical alignments.
Is there any evidence that our ancestors were astronomically aware?
What do we know about them?
Why was astronomy important to them?
Ireland has been a home for astronomy for thousands of years: the monuments in the Boyne Valley, such as Newgrange, are world-renowned for being the oldest astronomical observatories in the world. As well as marking important dates such as the Winter Solstice, they also served as burial sites and a way to plan the year ahead with regards to growing food.
Dr Prendergast will also reveal his latest findings of the Iron Age enclosure that was discovered during the construction of the M3 motorway at Lismullin.
The Iron Age monument at Lismullin
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A prize draw will be held after the lecture. The lucky winner will get a telescope.
|Date||Monday 14th February|
Schrodinger Theatre, Physics Bldg,
Trinity College Dublin.
|Admission||€7 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard
and we encourage all of you to come along and have a chat.
All are welcome to attend and food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.
Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.