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Pagan Celtic Ireland: The Enigma of the Irish Iron Age Hardcover – June, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1St Edition edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500050724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500050729
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is extremely useful in that it is the only complete synthesis of the Irish Iron Age archaeology. It is also simple to read and illustrates to the layman the differences between Ireland and Europe during the time of the Celts. However, many people are misled by the mystical title - this is a purely archaeological book!
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In this book the author, who is head of archeology at University College Dublin, gives us a great insight into the current research on this period in Ireland. There is so much pseudo-history and myth that gets repeated over and over again that this book offers a rare insight into what Irish scholars actually know about Celtic Ireland. It deals quite effectively with the issue of the mythological "Celtic" invasion of people and explains the circumstances surrounding the arrival or development of the Celtic culture in Ireland.

It is written from an archaeological point of view but should also be of interest to general readers. I highly recommend it as a source for scholars of this period and readers who want to know more about the Iron Age in Ireland.
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This is a very technical archaeological look at Pagan Celtic Ireland. That is what I was looking for. I was tired of endless speculation and nontruths that have been accepted as fact about Celts in general. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is VERY technical, even for me. I was also hoping for more illustrations about how settlements and people might have looked instead of illustrations just of findings, but it's still full of great illustrations and photos. Recommended for any history buff.
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I was drawn to this book because I've had a hard time finding works (in the US at least) that cover pre-Christian Ireland on anything other than a broad speculative level. This had a lot of hard research and excavation, and I really appreciated that. I was torn between 5 and 4 stars simply because it's a tough and sometimes dry read for anyone who's not an archaeologist...but then I feel like that's more a deficiency on my part than on the book's.
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very thourough study on Iron Age Ireland, steeped in archeology, very detailed, has good info that other books don't have such as roads built through ancient bogs, the construction of hillforts, crannogs (islands) and other technology from the time. how things were made, a discussion of why, etc. highly reccomended for anyone wanting to understand the ancient celts
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