Ireland: Where Stones Speak

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Date & Time

Sat, Apr 13 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Address (map)

1407 Chapala St.

Venue (website)

Institute of World Culture

Saturday, April 13, 2024
2:00 – 5:00 pm (PT)
In-person only at Concord Hall,
Institute of World Culture, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Colette Kavanagh, Ph.D.

The Burren, in the west of Ireland, is a landscape like no other and is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. At first glance, these 140 square miles of flat limestone look barren and unforgiving; however, this stone is a mass grave of billions of ancient sea creatures that are more than 360 million years old. Between the cracks plants grow that survived the ice age, and beneath the surface are vast, unexplored caves. It also has the greatest concentration of megalithic tombs in Europe.

NEW EVIDENCE: Ireland’s Burren is changing the ecological, archeological and genetic history of northern Europe, and evidence now shows, among other things, that there was human habitation in Ireland and in The Burren some 30,000 years ago.

Collete, a former documentary maker with RTE (Irish television) will show a beautifully photographed video which reveals the ecological, archeological and genetic discoveries being made in this vast landscape, and highlights its remarkable capacity for adaptation in nature and its enduring human spirit.

Image: Poulnabrone Dolmen, K. Mitch Hodge, from Upsplash


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