The Irish Ringfort

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Four Courts Press, 1997 - History - 142 pages
This book examines all aspects of the Irish ringforts; their shape and size, their date and function with special attention to national distribution patterns. Reference to contemporary written sources brings to the fore the people who dwelt within ringforts and their relationship with neighbouring farmsteads and religious communities. This study focuses on the lives and material remains of people who are often neglected in historical studies: the men and women who were not the kings and saints of official history.

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With over 45,000 recognized examples, the ringfort is the most common field monument in Ireland. Stout's discussion makes it clear than most of these sites were constructed and occupied during the ... Read full review


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Distribution of Early Christian Churches 101
Ringforts in the Braid Valley Antrim

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Matthew Stout, the cartographic editor, is a lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin.

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