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Hall, Viking Age Archaeology in Britain and Ireland. Hall, Richard. Viking Age Archaeology in Britain and Ireland. Princes Risborough, Shire Publications, 1990. 15 cm x 21 cm. 64 pages including photographs and illustrations. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slightly shabby front cover. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with intact binding.

Includes the following chapters: Introduction / Early Studies of the Vikings / The First Raids / The Scandinavian Settlement / The Development of Towns / Viking Age Art / Stone Carving / Runes / Silver Hoards / Graves / Epilogue / Museums and Sites / Further Reading.

″Richard Hall became interested in the Vikings as an undergraduate in Ireland, when he worked on the excavation of Viking-age Dublin and wrote a dissertation updating the catalogue of Viking material from Ireland. His doctoral thesis concerned the towns of the English Danelaw, a topic which required a study of museum collections, excavations and documentary sources for the Viking campaigns and settlement. While working for York Archaeological Trust he directed the five-year campaign of excavation known as ‘the Viking Dig’ on the site in Coppergate, York, where the Jorvik Viking Centre now stands. He was responsible for part of the academic input to the centre’s display and was co-author of the Trust’s Viking Ships exhibition in 1987-8. He lectures widely on the Viking age and has published extensively at all levels. He is now Director of Archaeology at York Archaeological Trust. ″ (Amazon)

Keywords: Archaeology, British History, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Vikings

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Mitchell, Where has Ireland come from? Mitchell, Frank. Where has Ireland come from ? Dublin, Town House and Country House, 2000. 16 cm x 24 cm. 62 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slight yellowing of page edges. [The Irish Treasures Series]

Includes for example the following sections: Plate tectonics; mountain-building; glaciation / Life on the sea-shore / The first ‘Emerald Isle’; primitive land-plants; freshwater fish / A west-European upheaval; mountains of south-west Ireland; deserts return / Modern temperatures set in; erosion continues apace / Alternating cycles of heat and cold; changing woodlands / Woolly mammoth and other animals; permafrost and pingos / The first human inhabitants; Larnian settlements etc.

″Frank Mitchell and a group of fellow-naturalists hop aboard a magic carpet which whisks them back in time, some 1700 million years, on a mammoth geological tour of Ireland. Professor Mitchell provides an eye-witness account of the major changes occurring over the million years of their journey, which begins 6km north-west of the Inishowen coast in Donegal, on the tiny island of Inishtrahull, site of the oldest rock so far recognised in Ireland. The travellers witness mountain peaks forming, primitive land-plants appearing and new life-forms developing in the oceans, as the constantly changing climate and erosion shape and reshape the landscape. They are present for the birth of the modern Atlantic Ocean; they stand aside as volcanoes erupt to form the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. They experience the cold of the Ice Age, and the reappearance of woodland as the ice retreats. They are there to welcome the first human inhabitants, the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and their descendants, the first farmers. ″ (Publisher)

Keywords: Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Palaeontology

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Rynne, Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Rynne, Colin. Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Kinsale, Barryscourt Trust / Cork County Council / Gandon Editions, 1998. 17 cm x 24 cm. 31 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. [The Barryscourt Lectures III]

Includes for example the following sections: Introduction / Animal Power / Water Power / Wind Power / Grain Milling / Textiles – The Woollen Industry / Mining and Metalworking / Some Conclusions.

″The third in a series of bi-annual lectures delivered at Barryscourt Castle in Co Cork. The Anglo-Norman period in Munster can be characterised as one of remarkable economic growth. Agricultural development was advanced enough to enable the widespread use of water-powered grain mills amongst all levels of early Irish society. On the basis of the archaeological evidence for the use of water power before the Anglo-Norman settlement, Ireland could not be considered a technological backwater in the early medieval period. Yet, while Anglo-Norman settlers would have found that the native Irish were accomplished millwrights, they had their own distinctive contribution to make, laying, as they did, the seeds of future industrial development in Ireland. In this book, the author outlines the extent of Anglo-Norman settlers’ contribution to the development of industrial energy in Ireland, with special reference to the Munster area. A glossary of technical terms is provided in an appendix. “Continuing the excellent series of booklets from the Barryscourt Trust, we have here a clearly written, well-researched and beautifully illustrated paper by one of Ireland’s foremost authorities on medieval and post-medieval technology and industry … The scholar, student and interested reader alike will find this book both informative and accessible.” – Maurice F Hurley, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society “The third lecture, by Colin Rynne, is a fine study based on the author’s own extensive research.” – Irish Historical Studies

Keywords: Industry, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Local History, Munster, Signed, Technology

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Scott, Hall's Ireland: Mr & Mrs Hall's Tour of 1840. Scott, Michael (editor). Hall’s Ireland: Mr & Mrs Hall’s Tour of 1840. 2 Volumes. London and Sydney, Sphere Books Limited. 1984. 13 cm x 19.5 cm. XIX, 480 pages. Original softcover with original slipcase. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Some wear along edges of cover. Inscription by preowner. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes for example the following essays: Cork / kerry / Waterford / Limerick / Carlow / Kilkenny / Tipperary / Wexford / Queen’s County etc.

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Travel

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Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour. Somerville-Large, Peter / Fiennes, Mark (photographer). The Grand Irish Tour. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1982. 19 cm x 25 cm. 320 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes for example the following sections: Newgrange; Loo Bridge; Kenmare / Killarney / Ring of Kerry / The Blackwater; Mount Melleray / Lough Gur; Doneraile; Kanturk / Galway; Ballinhinch; Clifden / Achilll; Newport; Balycroy / Bangor Erris; Belmulet; Killala / Cavan; Drogheda; Dublin; Glendalough / Ballyshannon; Glencolumbkille; Bunbeg / Strabane; Antrim; Belfast etc.

″Peter Somerville-Large’s intention was perfectly straightforward: he would wander slowly around Ireland during the course of a year. In a sense, that is what he did, but his Grand Irish Tour is something far more ambitious and far more satisfying. Unlike any other twentieth century writer, he has evoked the landscapes and townscapes, the people, and the the different memories which make up Ireland. He contrasts the present with what he knew as a boy, but he also draws on the diaries and records of eighteenth and nineteenth-century travellers. here is Thomas Carlyle in 1849, using stream of consciousness as if Joyce were already writing. Here is the bizarre Mr Atkinson, forever collecting substcriptions to his books. Here are Somerville and Ross in their governess cart; Mrs Delaney ensconced at Mount Panther; Thackeray fending off the appalling guides at the Giant’s Causeway; the intrepid Asenath Nicholson, hoping to combat Catholicism with true American fervour; the Chevalier de Latocnaye, exchanging the horrors of the French Revolution for the dubious comforts of Irish inns. And, further back in history, there is the extraordinary Don Francisco de Cuellar, A survivor of the Spanish Armada who wrote an account of his hair raising adventures.” (Publisher).

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape

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