Wicklow Arch and Hist vol 1 cover

Wicklow Archaeology and History Vol. 1


Edited by Christiaan Corlett & Aidan O’Sullivan

Published 1998, 70pp, paperback, illustrated

Published by Wicklow Archaeological Society

Aspects of eight thousand years of human settlement in County Wicklow are explored in this first volume of Wicklow Archaeology and History. This is not intended to be an annual journal, more an occasional series of articles, book reviews and notes on the archaeology and history of the county. In this volume the contents range widely in space and time. Chris Corlett explores the prehistoric environs of the Great Sugar Loaf and suggests that this distinctive mountain was the focus of generations of ritual landscapes. Tom Condit publishes the results of his research on Wicklow’s hillforts, linking the well-known Spinian’s Hill complex with neighbouring landscapes of later prehistoric power. Conleth Manning draws attention to a little known cross-inscribed pillar stone on Tonlagee Mountain. Raghnall Ó Floinn publishes antiquarian accounts of the discovery of a Viking sword, oval brooches and chain on the Wicklow coast. Edel Bhreathnach discusses the use of the term longphort in the Early Irish sources, drawing attention to the fact that they are not always associated with the Vikings or have nautical origins. Eoin Grogan provides an extensive synthesis of Wicklow’s eighteenth-century tombstones by the stone cutter Denis Cullen.