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Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100

by  Aidan O'SullivanFinbar McCormickThomas KerrLorcan Harney
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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

April 2014

Electronic book text

Number of pages: 607

ISBN: 9781908996305


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How did people create and live in their own worlds in early medieval Ireland? What did they actually do? And to what end did they do it? This book investigates and reconstructs from archaeological evidence how early medieval Irish people lived together as social groups, worked the land as farmers, worshipped God, made and used objects and buried their dead around them. It uses evidence from excavations conducted between 1930 and 2012 to explore how people used their landscapes, dwellings and material culture to effect and negotiate social, ideological and economic continuities and changes during the period ad 400-1100.

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About the authors

Aidan O'Sullivan

Aidan O'Sullivan, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, and a Principal Investigator of the Early Medieval Archaeology Project. His research interests are in early medieval Britain and Ireland; experimental archaeology; and wetland archaeology and environments around the world. His recent books include Rethinking wetland archaeology (2006) and The Oxford handbook of wetland archaeology (2013).

Finbar McCormick

Finbar McCormick is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast. His current research projects are concerned with Early Medieval settlement in economy and also include an investigation of environmental change in prehistoric Malta. He is joint author of Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from archaeological excavations (2014) and Excavations at Knowth Vol 3: Knowth and the Zooarchaeology of Early Christian Ireland (2007). He has also contributed to Volume 6 of the Discovery Programme Reports (2002), which examines the findings from Tara, Co. Meath.

Thomas Kerr

Thomas R. Kerr, PhD, is a Research Fellow on the Early Medieval Archaeology Project, at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests include early medieval settlement; the re-analysis of radiocarbon dates; warfare in the pre-Viking period; and the assessment of the impact of catastrophes on early medieval Ireland.

Lorcan Harney

Lorcan Harney, MA, worked as a Research Archaeologist (2007-10) with the Early Medieval Archaeology Project at UCD School of Archaeology. His research interests explore the archaeology of the early church, and he is currently completing his Irish Research Council-funded PhD at UCD on the topic 'Living with the Church in early medieval Ireland, ad 400-1100: archaeological perspectives on the sacred and profane'.