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In Search of the Irish Dreamtime


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Introduction * 1: Discovering the Oldest Irish Tradition * 2: Impossible Stories and Impertinent Tales * 3: Excavating the Dreamtime * 4: The Archaeology of the Irish National Origin Legend * 5: The Natural Environment * 6: The Built Environment * 7: Warfare and Weapons * 8: Transport * 9: Material Culture * 10: Burial * 11: Whence the Dreamtime?

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An essential exploration of the native Irish retelling of their own origins, as related by medieval manuscripts

About the Author

J. P. Mallory is a world expert on the interconnection of archaeology and linguistics and is the author of the standard work In Search of the Indo-Europeans and The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European. He has published numerous other works, including the hugely acclaimed The Origins of the Irish. He is Emeritus Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University Belfast and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.


'An essential modern reader on the development of our concepts of the most ancient past of Ireland ... formidably referenced and thorough' - Irish Times
'Mallory's book will be of interest to those already immersed in the study of medieval Ireland, but hopefully will also prove a way into this fascinating subject for those new to the field' - Times Higher Education
'An extensive, erudite and humorous study' - Current Archaeology
'Eminently readable and enjoyable' - Journal of Irish Archaeology

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