Ancient Ireland: Life Before the Celts

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Palgrave Macmillan, 1998 - History - 264 pages
When the Celts first arrived in Ireland around 250BC, the island had already been inhabited for over 7,000 years. These pre-Celtic peoples have left no written records, but they have left extensive archaeological evidence, of which Newgrange is the most celebrated example. Who were these peoples and how did they live? Using archaeological evidence, Laurence Flanagan pieces together the sort of houses they built, the way they cultivated the land, their social and economic systems, and many other aspects of daily life in pre-Celtic Ireland. Combining scholarship with an accessible style, the book provides a unique and fascinating insight into a lost, fabled world.

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A monotonous, jargon-riddled analysis of stone, bone, and burial remains left behind by the ancient Irish, telling us almost nothing about how these long-dead people lived. Irish archaeologist ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Laurence Flanagan is an archaeologist and a former Keeper of Antiquities at the Ulster Museum, UK. He is the author of A Dictionary of Irish Archaeology.

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