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The bone vault:the poetry & palaeontology of Heaney’s bog bodies

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The bone vault:the poetry & palaeontology of Heaney’s bog bodies


What different understanding do we gain when a poet describes a fossil or an archaeological site, rather than a palaeontologist or archaeologist?

Through the lens of Heaney’s poetry on bog bodies, the palaeontologist Prof. Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey, in conversation with the poet Prof. Iggy McGovern, will compare the methods of the poet and the palaeontologist, outlining the case for combining poetry and science to deliver greater understanding of the natural world. Featuring bog bodies from the National Museum of Ireland, the event offers a unique insight into stories of science, poetry and human history.

This is a Science Week 2017 event and is a collaboration between the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, and Poetry Ireland.



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