In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish, from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English

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New Amsterdam Books, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 286 pages
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"The Irish, as Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton show in In Search of Ancient Ireland, are not Celtic in an archaeological sense. And there were plenty of bishops in Ireland before a British missionary called Patrick arrived." "Most of what we think of as Irish is a product of the nineteenth century. Many times in the past five thousand years Ireland has stood at the heart of European culture. In the middle of the eighth century B.C. it may have been the wealthiest place in Europe." "Ms. McCaffrey and Mr. Eaton trace the history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatheres appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age - to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time." "The authors visited monasteries and ring forts, climbed mountains and delved deep into sacred caves, and were accompanied on this journey through the historical landscape by many of Ireland's best-known scholars, historians, archaeologists, poets, and storytellers." "Ireland's ancient past is still filled with many mysteries. But because of a cascade of new archaeological discoveries and new techniques for interpreting them, the truth about this past is coming into sharper focus. This book is replete with new information, some of it at odds with what many Irish descendants believe about their ancestral home."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Review: In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English

User Review  - Pixie - Goodreads

It was a very good... overview and primer. Perfect starting point for someone who doesn't want to get too academic but wants a through introduction to Irish Pre-history and early Christian history in Western Europe, or early Irish Pagan beliefs and practices. Read full review

Review: In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English

User Review  - Renee - Goodreads

The first half was really engaging, focused on the people and their traditions and their lives. The second half focused on kings and their battles for control. The first half was more of what I was looking for. Read full review

Contents

The First Irish
3
The Age of Bronze
25
Ireland and the Celtic Culture
51
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About the author (2002)

Carmel McCaffrey lectures on Irish history, literature, culture, and language at Johns Hopkins University.

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