Through a combination of archaeology, mythology and popular religion, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journey that sheds new light on a hitherto neglected area of research.
Author: Marion Dowd
Publisher: Oxbow Books
The archaeology of caves in Ireland is a ground-breaking and unique study of the enigmatic, unseen and dark silent world of caves. People have engaged with caves for the duration of human occupation of the island, spanning 10,000 years. In prehistory, subterranean landscapes were associated with the dead and the spirit world, with evidence for burials, funerary rituals and votive deposition. The advent of Christianity saw the adaptation of caves as homes and places of storage, yet they also continued to feature in religious practice. Medieval mythology and modern folklore indicate that caves were considered places of the supernatural, being particularly associated with otherworldly women. Through a combination of archaeology, mythology and popular religion, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journey that sheds new light on a hitherto neglected area of research. It encourages us to consider what underground activities might reveal about the lives lived aboveground, and leaves us in no doubt as to the cultural significance of caves in the past. Marion Dowd is Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland. Her doctoral research examined the role of caves in Irish prehistoric ritual and religion. She has directed excavations in many caves, and has published and lectured widely on the subject.
In 2011, cavers exploring a little-known cave on Moneen Mountain in County Clare in the west of Ireland discovered part of a human skull, pottery and an antler implement.
Author: Marion Dowd
Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology
Category: Bronze age
In 2011, cavers exploring a little-known cave on Moneen Mountain in County Clare in the west of Ireland discovered part of a human skull, pottery and an antler implement. An archaeological excavation followed, leading to the discovery of large quantities of Bronze Age pottery, butchered animal bones and oyster shells. The material suggests that Moneen Cave was visited intermittently as a sacred place in the Bronze Age landscape. People climbed the mountain, squeezed through the small opening in the cave roof, dropped down into the chamber, and left offerings on a large boulder that dominates the internal space. The excavation also resulted in the recovery of the skeletal remains of an adolescent boy who appears to have died in the cave in the 16th or 17th century. Scientific analyses revealed he had endured periods of malnutrition and ill health, providing insight into the hardships faced by many children in post-medieval Ireland.
Presents new perspectives on the use and perception of caves at different times in the past, from the Early Mesolithic through to post-medieval time; reveals complex and varied funerary practices and rituals associated with cave burials; ...
Author: Marion Dowd
Presents new perspectives on the use and perception of caves at different times in the past, from the Early Mesolithic through to post-medieval time; reveals complex and varied funerary practices and rituals associated with cave burials; highlights the changing roles of caves as places for shelter, occupation, burial and ritual practices during the
This book provides over 2,000 Exam Prep questions and answers to accompany the text The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland Items include highly probable exam items: Chiefdom, Nazi, Upper Paleolithic, Pidgin, empire, balanced reciprocity, ...
Antrim numerous old sea caves associated with the raised beach of north-east Ireland have been investigated. For example, at Park Cave and Potter's Cave,
Ballintoy, various animal bones and shellfish remains, as well as souterrain ware,
Author: Nancy Edwards
In the first major work on the subject for over 30 years, Nancy Edwards provides a critical survey of the archaeological evidence in Ireland (c. 400-1200), introducing material from many recently discovered sites as well as reassessing the importance of earlier excavations. Beginning with an assessment of Roman influence, Dr Edwards then discusses the themse of settlement, food and farming, craft and technology, the church and art, concluding with an appraisal of the Viking impact. The archaeological evidence for the period is also particularly rich and wide-ranging and our knowledge is expanding repidly in the light of modern techniques of survey and excavation.
Presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the use of caves and rock shelters across Europe during the medieval period for a wide range of religious and spiritual purposes by Christian, Muslim, Pictish, and non-denominational communities, ...
Author: Knut Bergsvik
Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited
Presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the use of caves and rock shelters across Europe during the medieval period for a wide range of religious and spiritual purposes by Christian, Muslim, Pictish, and non-denominational communities, at both regional and local levels.
CLASSIFIED LIST OF REFERENCES TO CAVE RESEARCH AND STONE AGE ARCHAEOLOGY IN IRELAND I. CAVE RESEARCH A. GENERAL Adams, A. L.,
P.R.I.A. III (1877), 89—100; Forrest, H. E., I.N.7. 1 (1925—27), I 12-14, 152-3, ...
Author: Hallam L. Movius
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Originally published in 1942, this book was based upon archaeological fieldwork carried out by the Harvard Archaeological Expedition to Ireland from 1932 to 1936. The aim of the Expedition 'was to embody in the field three of the techniques of modern anthropology - physical anthropology, social anthropology and archaeology - directed towards research on the same problem: the origin and development of the races and cultures of Ireland.' Numerous illustrative figures and reference lists are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the prehistory of Ireland, archaeology and anthropology.
Author: William Gregory Wood-MartinPublish On: 1895
A Handbook of Irish Pre-Christian Antiquities William Gregory Wood-Martin. VII . - CAVES . - ( CHAP . I . ) 119 Adams , A . Leith , F . R . S . : Shandon Cave , on the
exploration of . - Trans . R . I . A . , vol . xxvi . , S . , p . 187 . 120 Haughton ...
671 - Report on the Caves and Kitchen - middens near Cappagh , Co . Waterford
. Brit . Assoc . ... Notes on the Discovery in Ireland of a Bone Cave , containing
Remains of the Irish Elk , apparently co - existent with Man . Sci . Proc . R . D . S .
This first collection of papers on the subject begins a conversation about the role of darkness in human experience through time.
Author: Marion Dowd
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Category: Social Science
Through time people have lived with darkness. Archaeology shows us that over the whole human journey people have sought out dark places, for burials, for votive deposition and sometimes for retreat or religious ritual away from the wider community. Thirteen papers explore Palaeolithic use of deep caves in Europe and the orientation of mortuary monuments in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. It examines how the senses are affected in caves and monuments that were used for ritual activities, from Bronze Age miners in Wales working in dangerous subterranean settings, to initiands in Italian caves, to a modern caver’s experience of spending time in the one of the world’s deepest caves in Russia. We see how darkness was and is viewed at northern latitudes where parts of the year are spent in eternal night, and in Easter Island where darkness provided communal refuge from the pervasive sun. We know that spending extended periods in darkness and silence can affect one physically, emotionally and spiritually. How did interactions between people and darkness affect individuals in the past and how were regarded by their communities? And how did this interaction transform places in the landscape? As the ever-increasing electrification of the planet steadily minimizes the amount of darkness in our lives, curiously, darkness is coming more into focus. This first collection of papers on the subject begins a conversation about the role of darkness in human experience through time.
9 A . Manning 1985 - , ' Archaeological excavations at two church sites on
Inishmore , Aran Islands ” , Journal of the Royal ... H. King , Dublin , 2003 , 63-95
Manning 2005 ' Rock shelters and caves associated with Irish saints ' , in Above
Author: Tomás Ó Carragáin
Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies
This is the first book devoted to churches in Ireland dating from the arrival of Christianity in the fifth century to the early stages of the Romanesque around 1100, including those built to house treasures of the golden age of Irish art, such as the Book of Kells and the Ardagh chalice. � Carrag�in's comprehensive survey of the surviving examples forms the basis for a far-reaching analysis of why these buildings looked as they did, and what they meant in the context of early Irish society. � Carrag�in also identifies a clear political and ideological context for the first Romanesque churches in Ireland and shows that, to a considerable extent, the Irish Romanesque represents the perpetuation of a long-established architectural tradition.
Author: Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of IrelandPublish On: 1868
Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland ... Hundreds of
concealed rath - caves yet exist in the counties of Cork , Waterford , and Kerry ,
many of which , doubtless , contain hoards of inscriptions , as in the case of
Author: Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland
Ireland was not always as it is today , a country of comparatively few trees and
with a patchwork quilt of fields ... However , at the same period man was already
producing his first great works of art by painting animals in the caves of the
These gave the first impulse to that art which prevailed in Ireland for a couple of
centuries without either rising or falling ... early ages of Christianity , even the
eastern custom of dwelling in caves was imitated by numerous ascetics in Ireland
This cave is said to be natural . Enoshima Island . — Here there is a natural cave
worn by the sea along the line of a fissure . In the interior there is at present a
small shrine . From what I have said about caves in Japan , although so far but
Carpenter , G. H. - Animals found Archæology of Galway Excursion , in the
Mitchelstown Cave , 25 ; 271 . Arachnida of Galway Excursion , Armagh Natural
History and Phi . 254 ; Attus floricola , 348 ; Collemlosophical Society , 346 . bola
About this book The Caves of Ireland is the first complete survey of the caves ,
underground streams and other speleological phenomena in the limestone areas
of Ireland . The book describes nearly 300 Trish caves under convenient areas ...
Cave Period , when the now northern reindeer formed one of the principal means
of subsistence for the early hunters of ... implements formed of stone , and
preserved in the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy , was not published until