publication . Doctoral thesis . 2004

The Social and Ideological Role of Crannogs in Early Medieval Ireland

O'Sullivan, Aidan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2004
  • Country: Ireland
In early medieval Ireland, people built and lived on small islets o f stone, earth and wood situated in the watery shallows o f lakes. These artificial islands, known to modem scholars as crannogs, are amongst the most remarkable and evocative features of the Irish archaeological landscape, mysterious, tree-clad islands often situated on isolated lakeshores. Over the years, Irish crannog studies have waxed and waned, but their contribution to our understanding of the past has been immeasurable. Since the nineteenth century, they have been the focus of antiquarian and archaeological investigation, and various twentieth-century archaeological excavations have reve...
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