H 245 x W 175 mm
Illustrated throughout in black & white
Published Dec 2015
This text develops a new perspective on Late Bronze Age (LBA) Ireland by identifying and analysing patterns of ritual practice in the archaeological record. The bookends of this study are the introduction of the bronze slashing sword to Ireland at around 1200 BC and the introduction and proliferation of iron technology beginning around 600 BC.
Introduction; Chapter 1.0 Addressing ritual in archaeology; 1.1 Theorising ritual; 1.2 Relationships of identity, social roles and ritual practice; 1.3 The materiality of ritual objects; Chapter 2.0 Ritual practice in Late Bronze Age Ireland; 2.1 Ritual feasting; 2.2 Ritual deposition; 2.3 Death ritual; 2.4 Fertility ritual; 2.5 The identification of ritual practice in Late Bronze Age Ireland; Chapter 3.0 The landscape setting of ritual in Late Bronze Age Ireland; 3.1 Ritual in the landscape; Chapter 4.0 The social context of ritual practice in Late Bronze Age Ireland; 4.1 Identity, social roles and ritual in Late Bronze Age Ireland; 4.2 Exotic items & long-distance socio-political interactions; 4.3 Identity and interaction in Late Bronze Age ritual practice; Chapter 5.0 Ritual in Late Bronze Age Ireland; References