Secrets Of The Stones: Decoding Ireland’s Lost Past
Airs Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, January 3, 2011
Isolated on the fringe of the Atlantic, Ireland was the last place in Europe to be inhabited. Yet with 150,000 ancient monuments, it holds an unprecedented record of its prehistoric past — a record that has been largely obliterated elsewhere in Europe.
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The beautifully shot two-part special "Secrets Of The Stones" reveals the cutting edge science that is slowly peeling away layers of the secrets lost in time and rewriting Ireland's ancient story. The truth about Ireland's distant past is finally emerging. There are gaps in history that have never been explained. Can extraordinary new discoveries shine light on Ireland's dark ages?
The questions themselves are remarkable: were we almost wiped out 4000 years ago in a climate change event? Why did Ireland, unlike Europe, become Christian so quickly and change religion so peacefully? Have we discovered remains of a new structure on the hill of Tara so vast that it rivals Croke Park in its footprint size? Are the religious symbols carved on the great mounds Knowth and Dowth proof that Ireland was at the center of a great ancient European religion? By answering these questions we will hopefully help redefine our views of Ireland’s ancient societies, reshaping our knowledge of the past.
"Secrets Of The Stones: Decoding Ireland's Lost Past" is available for online viewing.