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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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Macalister, The Archaeology of Ireland. Macalister, Robert. The Archaeology of Ireland. London, Bracken Books, 1996. 13.5 cm x 21.5 cm. XIII, 386 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Browning of page edges. Clean inside with intact binding.

Includes the following chapters: Before the First Immigrations / The Earliest Immigrants / Baltic and Iberian Immigrants. The Later Beachcombers / Megaliths, their Classification and Chronology / The Protomegalithic Culture / The Deuteromegalithic Culture / The Epimegalithic Culture / The Inflitrations of Iron / Defences and Dwellings / The Background of the Transition to Christianity.

″Ireland’s extraordinarily rich past bears traces of the Celts, of Norse invaders and of early Christianity. But what do we know of its earliest history? The key to Ireland’s remote past – the times before records began – lies interred in its loamy soils, awaiting discovery. It is the unique archive left by a succession of peoples and racs of the continuous settlement of Ireland, from the Stone Age to the present” (Publisher)

Keywords: Archaeology, Irish History, Megalithic, Prehistory, Stone Age

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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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O Floinn, Irish Shrines & Reliquaries of the Middle Ages. O Floinn, Raghnall. Irish Shrines & Reliquaries of the Middle Ages. Dublin, Town House and Country House, 1994. 16 cm x 24 cm. 46 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes the following essays: The Cult of Relics in Ireland / The Use of Relics / Types of Relics / Inscriptions / Names of Relics / Families Assoicated with Surviving Reliquaries.

″In today’s world it is difficult to imagine the power that relics, shrines and sacred images exerted over the medieval mind. The use of relics in Ireland dates to the introduction of Christianity, the earliest recorded being those of the early martyrs and saints. Some relics consisted of parts of the remains of certain ‘holy’ individuals, while others were objects used by or associated with these people during their lifetime. They were usually kept in specially made reliquaries or shrines, most of which could be carried about. Apart from their symbolic or devotional function, relics were used to effect miraculous cures, to swear oaths, as battle talismans, or were carried on circuit by clerics to promulgate the laws of a particular religious foundation. In this book Raghnall O’Floinn examines the remarkable collection of reliquaries and shrines in the National Museum of Ireland, many of which have survived centuries of destruction and damage, warfare and neglect. He traces the history of relics in Ireland, the traditions associated with them and their social and historical importance. ″ (Amazon)

Keywords: Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Religion, Irish Religion & Church History, Irish Religious History, Relics

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O'Brien, Bronze Age Copper Mining in Britain and Ireland. O’Brien, William. Bronze Age Copper Mining in Britain and Ireland. Princes Risborough, Shire Publications, 1996. 15 cm x 21 cm. 64 pages including photos and illustrations. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. [Shire Archaeology]

Includese the following chapters: Introduction / Distribution / History of Research / Technology / Bronze Age Mining in Ireland / Ross Island / Mount Gabriel / Bronze Age Mining in Wales / The Great Orme / Bronze Age Mining in England / Alderley Edge / Copper Mining in the Bronze Age / Sites and Museums to Visit / Further Reading.

Keywords: Archaeology, British History, Irish History, Irish Interest, Minerals, Mining

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