Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Who's who at the conference 26th October
Our fourth speaker on Saturday morning will be Dr Robert Hensey an archaeological researcher who specialises in religion and belief in the past with particular reference to the Irish Neolithic and Irish passage tombs. His paper is entitled "Crowd-sourcing in the Boyne Valley" and in particular Newgrange.
"Two hundred thousand visitors still travel to Newgrange every year, many of these come specifically to gather outside the monument as the winter solstice sunlight enters the chamber within. Consequently, at Newgrange we have a unique opportunity to observe the dynamic of large gatherings in the present and through this gain insights into how groups might have interacted with the monuments and landscapes in the past".
You can find the full abstract for Dr Hensey's thought provoking paper on the confirmed speakers page.