Ancient Ireland: A Study in the Lessons of Archaeology and by R.A.S. Macalister

By R.A.S. Macalister

Archaeological proof this is used to aid building up an image of the lives led via the folks of which it's a list. The contents comprise an outline of primitive settlements, top as much as an account of the paintings, alternate and civilization normally of early a while sooner than the Celtic invasion and as much as the tip of Medieval instances. chapters take narratives from the time and examine them opposed to actual facts and look at what they let us know along that details. Many frequently missed evidence are delivered to the fore and targeted consciousness is paid to the overpowering impact of weather in shaping human future. initially released in 1935, this ebook is as enlightening today.

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The body of this Doohat earn contains a number of smaller cists scattered irregularly through its structure. This links it to a group of other monuments in the same region, showing the same peculiarity. A earn on the Barr of Fintona, Co. Tyrone,36 shows a central cist, with a ring of subsidiary cists round the monument. 8. 37 Dun Ruadh consists of an earthen ring, 100 ft in diameter, enclosing a heap of stones built in the form of a ring, with an entrance having a passage into it, prolonged into what we may call a couple of lips in which we may perhaps see the last degeneration of the portico earn.

The first we have already seen at Carnagat. 38 Here two portico tombs, one of them with a double set of chambers, are apposited in the manner indicated. The central space can hardly have been covered in any way, but we may assume that the burial chambers were once roofed in the manner already described. A monument at Ballyglass * in Co. Mayo shows the same form of plan. Here once more we are confronted with Mediterranean analogies. For a near kinship, at least in external form, exists between the Homed Cams of Scotland and Ireland on the one hand, and the Tombe dei Giganti of Sardinia on the other.

The decoration is almost entirely confined to the horns FIG. 4 . 20 In such collars, the beads would be massed together on the shoulder, but the lower string would hang loose from the upper string in front, leaving a crescentic space between them. Thus Coffey explains the concentration of the ornament upon the horns of the lunula. Chronological considerations are against the acceptance of this explanation: the lunulae precede, in chronological order, such strings of beads as have been found in the country.

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