Kilkenny Archaeological Society have scored a notable coup by securing the services of Dr Peter Harbison, arguable Ireland’s most renowned writer on matters archaeological to deliver a timely lecture next Wednesday (April 18th) on the topic of High Crosses of Western Ossory - a Reappraisal!
His lecture in Rothe House next week will explore and discuss the significance and purpose, from both a religious and educational stand point, of these ancient works by the skilled master craftsmen of their time more than a thousand years ago. Their multi function has been a topic of debate and discussion for centuries. But all are in agreement that the represent a triumph and the high point of the early mediaeval mason’s art.
Their invitation to Dr Harbison is timely as the Office of Public Works have in train the creation of a conservation plan for the Crosses to insure their preservation and survival into the future. For some reason the important and frequently over looked, important ancient High Cross in Dunnamaggan graveyard is not included in the proposed conservation plan.
Accordingly Dr Harbison lecture will be of added interest not alone to archaeological enthusiasts as such but also to planners and especially to those who reside in their shadow in the districts and areas of Ahenny, Kilkieran, Killamery and Kilree.
Dr Peter Harbison is the author of numerous books and articles on diverse aspects of archaeology. He is perhaps best known for his definitive Guide to National Monuments of Ireland which many believe to be the indispensible guide to these tangible if enigmatic reminders of our ancient past and the people who lived, worked and created so much of the cultural landscape that we enjoy today.
Blessed with an expansive and expressive form of delivery Peter Harbison’s lectures are always eagerly sought after in many countries and Kilkenny Archaeological Society are delighted to bring this major authority to Rothe House next Wednesday at 8.00pm for what is sure to be an evening to enjoy. Admission is just e5.00 for members of the society and otherwise e7.00.