Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society

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Michael A. Monk, John Sheehan
Cork University Press, 1998 - History - 220 pages
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Fully illustrated throughout, with maps, diagrams and photographs"Early Medieval Munster" is a major contribution to the literature on medieval Ireland and Europe, and will be required reading for students, and researchers of the period.The Early Medieval Period, c.400 - c.1200 AD, was a time of unsurpassed cultural florescence. It is an era which, despite the wealth of material culture which has come down to us, presents many intriguing enigmas.The research in this volume uses recent discoveries made in inventory level county surveys, bio-archaeological studies, and from interdisciplinary studies which have successfully used linguistic and historical sources. Combined with critical developments in archaeological techniques and approaches, the material collected in "Early Medieval Munster" offers radical interpretations of new evidence, challenges our understanding of medieval Ireland and redefines accepted theoretical frameworks of archaeology. Subjects covered include early Christianity, architectural traditions, farming and food, medieval and Viking settlement, woodlands, High Crosses and the theory and politics of early medieval archaeology.
  

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Contents

Thoughts upon its Primary Christian Phase
9
The Question of the PrePatrician Saints of Munster
17
Siting Context and Function
23
Early Medieval Secular and Ecclesiastical Settlement in Munster
33
Wood and Woodlands in Early Medieval Munster
53
Archaeozoological Studies and Early Medieval Munster
59
Archaeobotanical Studies and Early Medieval Munster
65
The Cereal Foodstuffs
76
An Island Hermitage
102
Architectural Traditions of the Early Medieval Church in Munster
112
The Ossory and Related Crosses
125
Tradition and Novelty
138
Archaeological Evidence from Waterford and Cork
164
Nationalists Archaeologists and the Myth of the Golden Age
178
Summary and Prospect
200
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The Craft of the Millwright in Early Medieval Munster
87

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Monk, University College, Cork.

Sheehan, Department of Archaeology, University College, Cork.

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