The Sacred Stones project kicked off in early 2006 with a global search
for unusual and special “stone markers” that had universal qualities, uniqueness
or were special in their own way. The call was answered with contributions
by 90 Photographers.
Irish sites included are: Leganny County Down, Carrickglass Dolmen, Ballycrovane
Ogham Stone, Beaghmore Stone Circles, Poulenabrone Dolman, and Janus Figure -
Boa Island by Ian Middleton.
Sacred Stones serves to define those stone carvings and decorated stones
located in cemeteries from past centuries and in special ancient sites from
thousands of years earlier, around the world. Liberal dictionary definitions of
the word “sacred” include - dedicated or devoted exclusively to a single use,
purpose or person; worthy of reverence, recognition, or respect; and set apart
for worship/contemplation. To those, the author adds – awe inspiring, honor,
specially inspired, commemorative, and/or mystical and magical. Stone monuments
represented in the book are not just be overtly religious ones but
rather those stone sculptures that are unique, expressive, and timeless. They
also reflect their particular time and place in world history. They reflect qualities
of the culture and geographical area where they originated.
The time period of the book’s survey begins with the very first large scale
prehistoric and primitive public works to the present. That means mysterious
environments like Stonehenge will be juxtaposed against purely sentimental pet
markers and personal human recordings created in technically advanced eras.
Boyne Valley Tours
Private Tour with pick up and return to your accommodation.
Newgrange World Heritage site, the 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle
the largest Norman castle in Ireland