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Ancient Ireland

A Study in the Lessons of Archaeology and History, 1st Edition

By R.A.S. Macalister


346 pages

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Archaeological evidence here is used to help build up a picture of the lives led by the people of which it is a record. The contents include a description of primitive settlements, leading up to an account of the art, trade and civilization generally of early ages prior to the Celtic invasion and up to the end of Medieval times. Two chapters take narratives from the time and analyse them against physical evidence and consider what they tell us alongside that information. Many often overlooked facts are brought to the fore and special attention is paid to the overwhelming influence of climate in shaping human destiny. Originally published in 1935, this book is as enlightening today.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Fallow Land and its Earliest Inhabitants 2. The Men of the Halberd 3. The Men of the Sword 4. The Men of Iron 5. Shadow-Scenes 6. The Men of the Cross 7. The Men of the Bays 8. More Shadow-Scenes 9. The Builders of Churches 10. The Builders of Castles

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Archaeology

Reissuing works originally published between 1930 and 1996, this set presents a rich selection of renowned and lesser-known scholarship across the subject. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this set of research, guidance and surveys. It includes works of theory and of practical research, ranging over a wide range of themes from archaeology and place-names to industrial archaeology to the rock art of Africa.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology