Episode 6: Ireland

Filmed on location in: Ireland

Why did the ancient Irish people abandon worship of the Earth for worship of the Sky? Combining history, mythology, astronomy, science and archaeology, this documentary looks at how celestial phenomena influenced religious practice and sacred sites in Ireland, thousands of years ago.

In the rocky highlands of Jordan and the shimmering deserts of Saudi Arabia lie the remains of two incredible cities – Petra and Hegra. A people known as the Nabataeans created them 2,000 years ago, carving great temples and tombs from the very rock. Much of the Nabataeans’ story has faded from history, but these sacred sites hold profound secrets about their way of life. Mysterious solar alignments, ancient inscriptions and new discoveries suggest that Petra and Hegra could have been centers of a ‘lost matriarchy’, in which women enjoyed unrivalled power and privilege.

Cast & Extras:

  • Irish Arms

Expert Contributors:

  • Prof. Mike Baillie – Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dr. Mark Boslough – Sandia National Laboraties, New Mexico, USA
  • Dr. Patrick McCafferty – Celtic Scholar, Ireland
  • Dr. Jenny Butler – University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr. Marion Dowd – Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
  • Sam Moore – Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
  • Dr. Máire Johnson – Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Dr. Geraldine Stout – Archaeological Survey of Ireland
  • Simon Ó Faoláin – Archaeologist
  • Melvyn Lloyd – The Owl Grove Druidic Group, Ireland
  • Dr. David Asher – Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland
  • David Brown – Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dr. Dallas Abbott – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA


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