DIT’s Frank Prendergast’s work puts Lough Gur on the map

Posted: 14 November, 2014

Dr. Frank Prendergast most recent archaeoastromical study has led to the uncovering ofnew information relating to the largest stone circle in Ireland at Lough Gur in County Limerick. 

According to Kate Harrold, Manager Lough Gur Development:  “The impact of this work through DIT has put the iconic site of Lough Gur into a new league. Dr. Prendergast's work has helped us to become a fully accredited Primary Maths and Science site through Science Foundation Ireland that would not have been achievable without such dedicated guidance and direction.

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Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites and  its Grange Stone Circle endures as the largest example of its type in Ireland.  Located 21km from Limerick City, near the town of Bruff, the ancient site of Lough Gur is known in folklore as the Munster entrance to Tír an Óg. It is recorded in history for thousands of years that Lough Gur was a highly desirable location as Chieftains and great warriors, including Vikings, descended on the area.

DIT’s Frank is a chartered geodetic surveyor, archaeoastronomer and archaeologist.  His career has spanned four decades in the mapping sciences and mineral exploration industry in Ireland and overseas.  His interest in megalithic monuments extends over the same period - stimulated by living close to the Boyne Valley where he has undertaken research. His knowledge of geodetic astronomy has been crucial to understanding how people past and present engage with the sky. He is the only invited Irish contributor in the 'Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy' published by Springer Reference in October 2014.'  

Selected publications are available to download free from the DIT's Library Repository under the Author / Browse by Author ( Arrow.dit.ie )


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