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H 290 x W 205 mm

176 pages

75 figures, 26 tables

Published May 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789696318

Digital: 9781789696325

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Chalcolithic; Bronze Age; Ireland; Single Burial Tradition; Cremation; Burial practices

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Burials and Society in Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Ireland

By Cormac McSparron

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This book describes and analyses the increasing complexity of later Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age burial in Ireland, using burial complexity as a proxy for increasing social complexity, and as a tool for examining social structure.



Foreword and acknowledgements ;
Chapter 1: Introduction ;
Chapter 2: Theoretical Approaches to the study of Death, Funerary Rituals and Social Structure ;
Chapter 3: Ireland in the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age ;
Chapter 4: Methodology ;
Chapter 5: Radiocarbon Dating the Single Burial Tradition ;
Chapter 6: Analysis ;
Chapter 7: Analysing Complexity in the Irish Single Burial Tradition ;
Chapter 8: Discussion ;
Chapter 9: Conclusions ;
Chapter 10: Bibliography

About the Author

Cormac McSparron studied Archaeology and Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating with a BA in 1989. He was awarded an MPhil in 2008 and a PhD in 2018. Since 2002, he has worked at the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s and has directed and published a large number of important excavations in Northern Ireland.


'This book is a rich source of data, with every possible aspect of burials being analysed, supported by extensive distribution maps, tables, and graphs. This means that it makes a significant contribution to our understanding of prehistoric Ireland and will be essential reading for anyone studying that period, but it is not a book for the casual reader.'Dr Duncan Berryman (2021): Ulster Archaeological Society Newsletter