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The site of Dún Ailinne is one of four major ritual sites from the Irish Iron Age, each said to form the center of a political kingdom and thus described as "royal." Excavation has produced artifacts ranging from the Neolithic (about 5,000 years ago) through the later Iron Age (fourth century CE), when the site was the focus of repeated rituals, probably related to the creation and maintenance of political hegemony. A series of timber structures were built and replaced as each group of leaders sought to claim ancient descent from a deep past and still create something unique and lasting.

Pam J. Crabtree and Ronald Hicks provide analyses on, respectively, biological remains and Dún Ailinne's role in folklore, myth, and the sacred landscape, while Katherine Moreau examines bronze and iron artifacts and Elizabeth Hamilton, slag.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Publisher's Note
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Tables
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
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  1. Chronological Chart
  2. pp. xxiv-25
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  1. Summary of the Excavation
  2. pp. xxv-xxx
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  1. 1: Excavation Strategy
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  1. 2: Excavation of the Summit Area
  2. pp. 9-27
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  1. 3: Perimeter Survey and Excavation
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. 4: Features and Artifacts Summary
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 5: Lithic Remains
  2. pp. 45-72
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  1. 6: Ceramics
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. 7: Iron
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. 8: Non-ferrous Metals
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  1. 9: Glass
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  1. 10: Worked Bone
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  1. 11: Miscellaneous Objects
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  1. 12: Specialist Analyses
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  1. 13: Biological Remains
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. 14: Medieval and Modern Objects
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  1. 15: Chronology
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. 16: Dún Ailinne's Role in Folklore, Myth, and the Sacred Landscape
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. 17: The Larger Archaeological Context
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  1. 18: The Social and Cultural Context of Dún Ailinne
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  1. References Cited
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Figures
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  1. Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781934536407
Related ISBN
9781931707992
MARC Record
OCLC
859162729
Pages
356
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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