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H 290 x W 205 mm

402 pages

376 figures, colour throughout

Published Mar 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781789699197

Digital: 9781789699203

DOI 10.32028/9781789699197

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Landscape; Early Medieval; South-West Ireland; Cork; Royal Site; Trade; Late Antiquity

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Garranes: An Early Medieval Royal Site in South-West Ireland

By William O'Brien, Nick Hogan

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Presenting the results of an interdisciplinary project (2011–18) where archaeological survey and excavation, supported by specialist studies, examined the early medieval landscape of Garranes. A ringfort in the mid-Cork region of south-west Ireland, this 'royal site' is considered to have been a centre of political power and elite residence.



1. Garranes: an Introduction ;
2. The Archaeological Landscape ;
3. Lisnacaheragh ;
4. Lisnamanroe ;
5. Lisheenagreine ;
6. Other Excavations ;
7. Specialist Studies ;
8. Early Medieval Settlement and Economy at Garranes ;
9. Ringforts in the Landscape ;
10. Garranes: a Royal Landscape? ;

About the Author

William O'Brien is Professor of Archaeology in University College Cork, Ireland. His research interests include the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age in Ireland, early mining and metallurgy in Atlantic Europe, upland archaeology, the study of hillforts and monumentality in the later prehistoric period. He has a particular interest in the prehistory of south-west Ireland, where he has conducted numerous research excavations. ;

Nick Hogan is Technical Officer for the Department of Archaeology in University College Cork. He is an experienced field archaeologist with a range of skills in excavation, land survey and geophysics.


'This is an important publication that makes a signficant contribution to our understanding not only of this early medieval landscape but also of early medieval studies as a whole.' – Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2021)

'All told, this volume is handsomely published by Archaeopress with excellent figures, and also benefits from being freely accessible as an Open Access publication. Securing a hard copy while it is available, however, is advisable, as this is destined to be an indispensable landmark for the wider field. This truly seminal publication demonstrates the enduring value of long-term, landscape-scale field projects, which one may hope will become a regular feature of the research landscape for early medieval Ireland.' – Patrick Gleeson (2021): Journal of Irish Archaeology

‘This impressive tome combines the results of field research in 1990-92 and 2011-18 with a reappraisal of the earlier work, plus other studies setting the site archaeology in a broader historical and landscape context.’ – Deirdre O’Sullivan (2022): Medieval Settlement Research, Vol. 37