The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland has become an indispensable guide to the archaeology of this crucial period in Ireland’s history. As well as providing an overview of the methods and practice of medieval Irish archaeology it provides a major survey of the monuments and material of the period - earthen and stone castles, moated sites, villages, towns, cathedrals, churches, tower houses, pottery kilns and mills.
This new edition brings this important work up-to-date especially in the light of the huge growth in urban archaeology in Ireland driven by the recent growth in the construction industry. Developments in digital technology have also revolutionised archaeological practice and the new information now available from recent studies inform the book throughout. New research on the western third of the Island and the domination of the Gaelic Irish is included also.
With this abundance of new information reflecting trends in modern scholarship, new illustrations and a new chapter on medieval artifacts The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland remains the best survey of the archaeology of medieval Ireland.
`This eagerly awaited book is an outstanding and right up-to-date summary of every excavation and investigation undertaken in Ireland … will be valued by the layperson, student and professional archaeologist, historical geographer and historian alike.' - Archaeology Ireland
`Dr Barry concentrates mainly on the archaeological evidence for medieval settlement for which there is no comprehensive general work available. This is most valuable, indeed essential for anybody wishing to grasp the general pattern of life in medieval Ireland.' - Books Ireland
`The book is as valuable to the historian as it is to the archaeologist or geographer.' - The Irish Herald