Iron Age Hillforts in Britain and Beyond

Author: Dennis Harding

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191626104

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 5987

Widely regarded as major visible field monuments of the Iron Age, hillforts are central to an understanding of later prehistoric communities in Britain and Europe from the later Bronze Age. With such a range of variants represented, no single explanation of their function or social significance could satisfy all possible interpretations of their role. While they are conventionally viewed as defence settlements or regional centres controlled by a social elite, this role has been challenged in recent years, and instead hillforts are being considered primarily as expressions of social identity with strong ritual and cosmological associations. Current hillfort interpretations are in danger of reflecting contemporary social sensitivities more strongly than any recognizable Iron Age priorities, and the need for critical analysis of basic archaeological evidence is paramount. Critically reviewing the evidence of hillforts in Britain, in the wider context of Ireland and continental Europe, the volume focuses on their structural features, chronology, landscape context, and their social, economic and symbolic functions, and is well illustrated throughout with site plans, reconstruction drawings, and photographs. Harding reviews the changing perceptions of hillforts and the future prospects for hillfort research, highlighting aspects of contemporary investigation and interpretation.

Training and Practice for Modern Day Archaeologists

Author: John H. Jameson,James Eogan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461455294

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 1810

In recent years, an important and encouraging development in the practice of archaeology and historical preservation has been the markedly increased number of collaborations among archaeologists, educators, preservation planners, and government managers to explore new approaches to archaeological and heritage education and training to accommodate globalization and the realities of the 21st century worldwide. But what is the collective experience of archaeologists and cultural heritage specialists in these arenas? Should we be encouraged, or discouraged, by national and international trends? In an attempt to answer these questions, this volume examines and gives representational examples of the respective approaches and roles of government, universities, and the private sector in meeting the educational/training needs and challenges of practicing archaeologists today.

Exploring Prehistoric Identity in Europe

Our Construct or Theirs?

Author: Victoria Ginn,Rebecca Enlander,Rebecca Crozier

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 184217813X

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 9344

Identity is relational and a construct, and is expressed in a myriad of ways. For example, material culture and its pluralist meanings have been readily manipulated by humans in a prehistoric context in order to construct personal and group identities. Artefacts were often from or reminiscent of far-flung places and were used to demonstrate membership of an (imagined) regional, or European community. Earthworks frequently archive maximum visual impact through elaborate ramparts and entrances with the minimum amount of effort, indicating that the construction of identities were as much in the eye of the perceivor, as of the perceived. Variations in domestic architectural style also demonstrate the malleability of identity, and the prolonged, intermittent use of particular places for specific functions indicates that the identity of place is just as important in our archaeological understanding as the identity of people. By using a wide range of case studies, both temporally and spatially, these thought processes may be explored further and diachronic and geographic patterns in expressions of identity investigated.

Medieval Lough Cé

History, Archaeology and Landscape

Author: Thomas Finan (Ph. D.)

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 185

View: 5446

The role of Lough Ce and its relationship to the various lordships of north Roscommon in the later Middle Ages is examined in this collection of essays. Lough Ce was a vital geographic feature in relation to the MacDermot and O'Conor dynasties of the 13th and 14th century, and was the scene of a number of military incursions on the part of English lordships in the mid-13th century. Yet, this lake, and the history and archaeology of the region surrounding the lake, has rarely been examined as a landscape feature in, and of, itself.

The Iveragh Peninsula

a cultural atlas of the Ring of Kerry

Author: John Crowley,John Sheehan

Publisher: Cork Univ Pr


Category: History

Page: 495

View: 592

* The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland's most beloved of landscapes * This multidisciplinary exploration will make anyone's visit to the Ring even more magical The Iveragh Peninsula, often referred to as the 'Ring of Kerry', is one of Ireland's most dramatic and beautiful landscapes. This cultural atlas, comprising over fifty individual chapters and case studies, provides the reader with a broad range of perspectives on the peninsula and the human interactions with it since prehistoric times to the present day. Although not a conventional atlas, it contains many historic and newly commissioned maps. The opening chapters explore the physical and environmental setting of the peninsula. Subsequent chapters deal with is development over the millennia and the influences that have shaped it. All aspects of Iveragh's past and present are considered, using the evidence of disciplines such as archaeology, art history, cartography, folklore, geography, geology, history, mythology and zoology. Given its status as a peninsula projecting into the Atlantic, the history and culture of the Iveragh Peninsula have been molded by external influences as well as by regional and national ones. Its story is multi-layered, involving the imprint of mythological as well as historic settlers and invaders. The peninsula has witnessed significant periods of transition, perhaps none more so than in the present era. This book seeks to deepen and illuminate our understanding of its landscape, history and heritage.


History and Society : Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County

Author: Matthew Lynch,Patrick Nugent

Publisher: N.A


Category: Clare (Ireland)

Page: 789

View: 2228

Pfälzer - Palatines

beiträge zur Volkskunde und Mundartforschung der Pfalz und der Zielländer pfälzischer Auswanderer im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folklore

Page: 532

View: 4267

Medieval Ireland

The Barryscourt Lectures I-X

Author: John Ludlow,Noel Jameson

Publisher: Gandon Editions


Category: Archaeology, Medieval

Page: 349

View: 8493

Reimagining Regional Analyses

The Archaeology of Spatial and Social Dynamics

Author: Tina L. Thurston,Roderick B. Salisbury

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Social Science

Page: 301

View: 9629

Reimagining Regional Analysis explores the interplay between different methodological and theoretical approaches to regional analysis in archaeology. The past decades have seen significant advances in methods and instrumental techniques, including geographic information systems, the new availability of aerial and satellite images, and greater emphasis on non-traditional data, such as pollen, soil chemistry and botanical remains. At the same time, there are new insights into human impacts on ancient environments and increased recognition of the importance of micro-scale changes in human society. These factors combine to compel a reimagining of regional archaeology. The authors in this volume focus on understanding individual trajectories and the historically contingent relationships between the social, the economic, the political and the sacred as reflected regionally. Among topics considered are the social construction of landscape; use of spatial patterning to interpret social variability; paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human impacts; and social memory and social practice. This book opens a discourse around the spatial patterning of the contingent, recursive relationships between people, their social activities and the environment.

New Serial Titles

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Periodicals

Page: N.A

View: 1446

Archaeological Excavations at Tullahedy, County Tipperary

Neolithic Settlement in North Munster

Author: Rose M. Cleary,Hilary Kelleher

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 456

View: 5696

The results of a 2006-7 archeological investigation, which found Neolithic activity dating to 3670 BC, as well as remains of other activity since then. A significant contribution to archology in Ireland.

The Irish Ringfort

Author: Matthew Sout

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 142

View: 9973

This book examines all aspects of the Irish ringforts; their shape and size, their date and function with special attention to national distribution patterns. Reference to contemporary written sources brings to the fore the people who dwelt within ringforts and their relationship with neighbouring farmsteads and religious communities. This study focuses on the lives and material remains of people who are often neglected in historical studies: the men and women who were not the kings and saints of official history.


an American family and its ancestors

Author: William Carl Strasser

Publisher: N.A


Category: Reference

Page: 124

View: 5792


a study of people's interaction with lakes, with particular reference to Lough Gara in the north-west of Ireland

Author: Christina Fredengren

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 332

View: 4066

New Survey of Clare Island: Archaeology

Author: Conleth Manning,Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh,Paul Gosling,Kevin Whelan,John Waddell

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 326

View: 9493

Volume 5 of the New Survey of Clare Island is a detailed account of the archaeology of this mountainous island guarding the entrance to Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. This volume presents the results of a detailed archaeological survey of the island and a series of complimentary archaeological excavations. These results are coupled with comprehensive overviews involving the analysis of the archaeology, history, and settlement patterns of the island community from c.4,000 BC to AD 1900. The book is an important in-depth archaeological survey in which many new sites have been identified and documented since the original survey of 1909-11. Thus, it provides a better understanding of the settlement history of the island.


a portrait of a collector : Sir William Burrell 1861-1958

Author: Richard Marks

Publisher: N.A


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

View: 9308

Spinoza and the Sciences

Author: Marjorie Grene,Debra Nails

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400945140

Category: Science

Page: 339

View: 9549

Prefatory Explanation It must be remarked at once that I am 'editor' of this volume only in that I had the honor of presiding at the symposium on Spinoza and the Sciences at which a number of these papers were presented (exceptions are those by Hans Jonas, Richard Popkin, Joe VanZandt and our four European contributors), in that I have given some editorial advice on details of some of the papers, including translations, and finally, in that my name appears on the cover. The choice of speakers, and of addi tional contributors, is entirely due to Robert Cohen and Debra Nails; and nearly all the burden of readying the manuscript for the press has been borne by the latter. In the introduction to another anthology on Spinoza I opened my remarks by quoting a statement of Sir Stuart Hampshire about inter pretations of Spinoza's chief work: All these masks have been fitted on him and each of them does to some extent fit. But they remain masks, not the living face. They do not show the moving tensions and unresolved conflicts in Spinoza's Ethics. (Hampshire, 1973, p. 297) The double theme of 'moving tensions' and 'unresolved conflicts' seems even more appropriate to the present volume. What is Spinoza's rela tion to the sciences? The answers are many, and they criss-cross one another in a number of complicated ways.