Death and burial in early medieval Ireland, in the light of recent archaeological excavations
Edited by Christiaan Corlett & Michael Potterton
Published 2010, xi + 316pp, illustrated
Published by Wordwell Ltd
This publication is the second volume in the series ‘Research papers in Irish archaeology’. The series aims to highlight the results of recent excavations on a thematic basis, and to facilitate the circulation, discussion and synthesis of this information. It contains papers on over twenty recently excavated sites spread across the country, as well as a range of essays on current research topics and contributions by osteoarchaeologists and other specialists. The results of recent archaeological excavations have the potential to radically revise received wisdom and preconceptions about the past, and it is already clear that the existing textbooks and syntheses could be substantially rewritten. This volume explores a type of non-ecclesiastical burial ground in early medieval Ireland about which very little was known previously. The unexpectedly high number of these sites uncovered recently, and the large scale of the excavations themselves, has provided an unprecedented level of new information that will transform our understanding of Early Christian Ireland, and challenge many preconceived ideas about this period.