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New and forthcoming books

Stone by Stone: a guide to building stone in the Northern Ireland environment
Prof Bernard Smith and Dr Patricia Warke

This book was written as a collaborative project between staff from the Weathering Research Group in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast (Prof Bernard Smith and Dr Patricia Warke) and staff in Stone Conservation Services in the Consarc Design Group (Dawson Stelfox, Joanne Curran and John Savage), a local firm of conservation architects. It was officially launched on 4th March 2010 by the Minister of the Environment, Edwin Poots, MLA. The book reflects accumulated knowledge gained during 15 years of partnership and collaborative involvement in a wide variety of projects related to the conservation of the historic stone built heritage of Northern Ireland.

Capitalising on cutting-edge research, the publication includes descriptions of many of the wide variety of construction stones imported from all over the world as well as bedrock maps from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Geological Survey of Ireland that help to identify where specific indigenous building stones naturally occur. This book is unique because, in one volume, it provides an overview of the performance of stone in buildings with a detailed examination of the best management practices aimed at ensuring the continuance of these structures within Northern Ireland’s urban and rural landscapes. Throughout, the book seeks to make complex research findings accessible to the non-specialist and to demonstrate their relevance to the conservation and day-to-day management of historic buildings.

The book is published by Appletree Press and is available in local bookshops for £12.99 .


edited by Dr. Nicki Whitehouse and Dr. Eileen Murphy

Environmental Archaeology in Ireland provides an introduction to the techniques and methodologies, approaches and potential of environmental archaeology within Ireland.
Each of the sixteen invited contributions focus on a particular aspect of the subject and include such specialist areas as radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, palaeoentomology, human osteoarchaeology, palynology and geoarchaeology, thereby providing a comprehensive overview of environmental archaeology within an Irish context.

Alistair Ruffell / Jennifer McKinley

A comprehensive introduction to the application of geoscience to criminal, humanitarian and military investigations

  • Illustrated with over 40 case studies to inform the reader through theory as well as application
  • Applications include geography, geology, geophysics, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems

With contributions from:

  • Laurance Donnelly
  • Mark harrison MBE
  • Antoinette Keaney

The book is published by Wiley, and the details are:

  • Hardback, 256 pages June 2008, ISBN: 978-0-470-05734-6 (£70.00 / $130.00 / €109.00)
  • Paperback, 256 pages June 2008, ISBN: 978-0-470-05735-3 (£27.50 / $49.50 / €42.50)