Early Ireland: An Introduction to Irish Prehistory

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 6, 1989 - History - 375 pages
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Engagingly written and packed with illustrations, Early Ireland, seeks to introduce the general reader to the riches of Irish prehistory--a span of eight thousand years from the end of the Ice Age to the first centuries of the Christian era. It provides a clear account of the development of Irish society from its beginnings as a postglacial culture of hunters and gatherers, through the glory of its golden age in the second millennium BC, to the technological advances stimulated by the discovery of iron and, in the last centuries BC, the development of a Celtic art style of unrivalled power and individuality.
 

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Contents

The Ice Age
1
Palaeolithic man
5
Late Glacial and Postglacial stages
6
Pollen zones
7
Early Mesolithic
19
Later Mesolithic
24
The Neolithic period
33
Material equipment in the Neolithic
37
Late Bronze Age burial
210
Bronze Age settlement and stone monuments
217
Cooking places
223
Stone monuments
228
Rock art
239
The Iron Age
245
The Celts
247
Language
248

Settlement
48
Ancient field systems and enclosures
65
The Late NeolithicBeaker period
69
Settlement
72
Megaliths
85
The megalith builders
122
Single burials and earthen and stone enclosures
127
Earthen and stone enclosures
132
Ritual enclosures
136
Stone circles
137
Anomalous sites
142
The Bronze Age
147
The conventional framework of the Irish Bronze Age
149
Technology
151
Bronze objects
159
Gold
173
Gold objects
178
Hoards
184
Other materials
186
Bronze Age burial
189
Pit and Urn burial
193
Cinerary Urns
195
Flat cemeteries
200
Barrows
205
Early Irish literature
252
The archaeological evidence
256
Technology
259
The artefacts
262
Carved stones
284
Human representations
289
Later prehistoric settlement
297
Lake settlements
298
Enclosed sites
306
Hut circles
308
Hillforts
309
Other excavated sites
325
Iron Age burial
329
Inhumation
333
Long stone cists
334
Intrusive burials
335
Radiocarbon dating
341
Dendrochronology
343
Pollen analysis
345
Calibration of radiocarbon dates
347
Bibliography
353
Index
371
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