Secrets of the Stones - two part TV programme and book
RTÉ One Television
The two part series was first broadcast on RTE (Ireland's National TV Station)
Re-examining, re-defining and ultimately re-building Ireland’s most iconic ancient historical sites,
Secrets of the Stones is a new two-part series that will change the way we view our island’s past.
Our team of archaeologists, historians and forensic scientists have separated myth from truth to find
out the secrets that lie beneath some of Ireland’s most ancient buildings. Using innovative, state of
the art, feature-film technology, graphic designers have visually interpreted new findings on screen,
bringing to life six of the country’s most historic sites. This type of technology and graphic design has
never been seen on Irish television before.
Ireland is unique. Isolated on the fringe of the Atlantic it 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. Now, cutting edge science is slowly
peeling away layers of the secrets lost in time and rewriting Ireland’s ancient story. The truth about
our distant past is finally emerging.
There are gaps in our history that have never been explained. Can extraordinary new discoveries shine light
on Ireland’s dark ages and finally give us some answers?
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
Dowth proof that Ireland was at the
centre 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.
In this new two-part series, Irish scientists and archaeologist are now challenging the accepted story, and
unravelling the enigma of Ireland’s most iconic historical sites. Consisting of two one-hour specials,
the Stones concentrates on telling the stories of a handful of key historical sites. Climate change, so much in
the news today, was very much then as well. The series reveals how important natural climate change, was in
our history, and how it can now be used to explain and answer some intriguing questions about how we
changed as a society through the ages.
Using feature-film technology and high-end computer graphics to unlock the secrets of the past, these programmes
bring six of our key sites to life as has never been seen before. Charting their interconnections,
Secrets of the Stones looks at these iconic landmarks together as part
of a wider cultural landscape.
Secrets of the Stones (Decoding Ireland's Lost Past)
companion book based on the two-part TV series.
An extract from the second episode of RTE's Secrets of the Stones documentary series,
profiling the use of RealSIM's simulation technology to re-create the site of an early
5th century Christian settlement in Caherlahillan in Co. Kerry, in Ireland.
An excerpt from RTE's Secret of the Stones documentary giving an overview of the 'Lost City of Clonmacnoise',
Ireland first city and an important early Christian settlement at the crossroads of Ireland where the Eiscor Riada meets the Shannon.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433