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Settlement in the Irish Neolithic (Paperback)

New Discoveries at the Edge of Europe

Ancient History > Prehistory > European Prehistory

By Dr Jessica Smyth
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Pages: 208
Illustrations: B/w
ISBN: 9781789258820
Published: 15th December 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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The Irish Neolithic has been dominated by the study of megalithic tombs, but the defining element of Irish settlement evidence is the rectangular timber Early Neolithic house, the numbers of which have more than quadrupled in the last ten years. The substantial Early Neolithic timber house was a short-lived architectural phenomenon of as little as 90 years, perhaps like short-lived Early Neolithic long barrows and causewayed enclosures. This book explores the wealth of evidence for settlement and houses throughout the Irish Neolithic, in relation to Britain and continental Europe. More importantly it incorporates the wealth of new, and often unpublished, evidence from developer-led archaeological excavations and large grey-literature resources. The settlement evidence scattered across the landscape, and found as a result of developer-funded work, provides the social context for the more famous stone monuments that have traditionally shaped our views of the Neolithic in Ireland. It provides the first comprehensive review of the Neolithic settlement of Ireland, which enables a more holistic and meaningful understanding of the Irish Neolithic.

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About Dr Jessica Smyth

Dr Jessica Smyth is Associate Professor in the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin. She has worked in Ireland and the UK and across the university and heritage sectors, and is currently Principal Investigator on 'Passage Tomb People', investigating the social drivers of passage tomb construction in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC. She is co-editor with Daniela Hofmann of Tracking the neolithic house in Europe: Sedentism, architecture and practice (2013).

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