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The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland By Marion Dowd,

  • Title: The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland
  • Author: Marion Dowd
  • ISBN: 9781782978138
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016 The archaeology of caves in Ireland is a groundbreaking and unique study of the enigmatic, unseen and dark silent world of caves People have engaged with caves for the duration of human occupation of the island, spanning 10,000 years In prehistory, subterranean landscapes were associated with the dead and the spirit worWinner of Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016 The archaeology of caves in Ireland is a groundbreaking and unique study of the enigmatic, unseen and dark silent world of caves People have engaged with caves for the duration of human occupation of the island, spanning 10,000 years In prehistory, subterranean landscapes were associated with the dead and the spirit world, with evidence for burials, funerary rituals and votive deposition The advent of Christianity saw the adaptation of caves as homes and places of storage, yet they also continued to feature in religious practice Medieval mythology and modern folklore indicate that caves were considered places of the supernatural, being particularly associated with otherworldly women Through a combination of archaeology, mythology and popular religion, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journey that sheds new light on a hitherto neglected area of research It encourages us to consider what underground activities might reveal about the lives lived aboveground, and leaves us in no doubt as to the cultural significance of caves in the past.
    The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland Winner of Current Archaeology Book of the Year The archaeology of caves in Ireland is a groundbreaking and unique study of the enigmatic unseen and dark silent world of caves People have engaged

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