Industrial Activity on Rural Secular Sites in Ireland, A.D. 400-1100

Title: Industrial Activity on Rural Secular Sites in Ireland, A.D. 400-1100
Authors: Kerr, Thomas
Doyle, Maureen
Seaver, Matthew
McCormick, Finbar
O'Sullivan, Aidan
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Date: 1-Dec-2012
Online since: 2019-05-01T08:51:20Z
Abstract: EMAP Report 6.1 deals with the archaeological evidence for industrial activity on secular sites in early medieval Ireland. It is comprised of four main sections. The first section provides a general overview of the creation of the report, including general distribution maps and histograms. The archaeological evidence for industrial activity is covered in fuller detail in sections two and three. Section 2, prepared by Matt Seaver, examines the evidence in greater depth for specific industrial activity, namely iron-working, non-ferrous metal-working, glassworking, and antler/ bone-working. This is accompanied by comprehensive tables outlining the site evidence for the major industrial activities. Section 3, prepared by Maureen Doyle, looks at the production of items of personal ornamentation and decoration. Rather than adopting a single-material approach, this section examines the production of different types of artefact. Thus ‘pins’ are discussed together, whether they were made of bone, antler, bronze or iron, since they performed a similar function. The final section consists of a site gazetteer of industrial activity in early medieval Ireland. This includes over 300 secular sites, and contains substantial tables outlining the evidence for craft activity, as well as the types of artefacts recovered from the site. Much of the evidence for industrial activity in the gazetteer is derived from reports which have not been fully published, i.e. the large body of ‘grey literature’ that has emerged during the last two decades.
Funding Details: Heritage Council
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)
Keywords: Medieval IrelandArchaeological evidenceIndustrial activitySecular sites
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP2): Reconstructing the Early Medieval Irish Economy EMAP Report 6.1.
Appears in Collections:Archaeology Research Collection

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