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.
About the Author
Aidan O'Sullivan, PhD, is a Professor 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 taught archaeology at Queen's University Belfast for many years before retiring in 2019. He has published widely on a range of subjects with special emphasis on zooarchaeology and settlement in Early Medieval in Ireland. Most recently, he has been researching Irish holy wells and the zooarchaeology of the Neolithic Maltese temples.Dr Thomas R Kerr completed his PhD on Early Christian Settlement in North West Ulster in 2005. Thom joined the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) in 2008 as a Research Fellow, and continued with EMAP until 2013. His current research interests include early medieval warfare and the early medieval Irish economy.Lorcan Harney, MA, PhD, worked as a Research Archaeologist (2007-10) with the Early Medieval Archaeology Project at UCD School of Archaeology. In 2016, he completed an Irish Research Council-funded PhD at UCD. He now works as a primary school teacher in Celbridge, but continues to publish aspects of his PhD research and to be involved in local Kildare archaeology and history.