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Iverni - A Prehistory of Cork

Iverni - A Prehistory of Cork

William O’Brien

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When the Alexandrian scholar Ptolemy compiled his geography of the known world, he described a far-off land, Ireland, known in Classical sources as 'Ierne' ('the fertile land'). One of the tribes mentioned by Ptolemy is the Iverni, who were living in the general area of what is now Cork. Cork has one of Ireland's richest archaeological landscapes, with thousands of recorded monuments and artifacts from the pre-Christian era.

This first study of the prehistory of the county examines the archaeology of some 8000 years of human life, from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of Christianity in the fifth century AD. Contact with the Roman Empire in the early centuries AD contributed to the Christian conversion of the region. The major developments in human society during this period are introduced, along with the most important ancient sites and monuments of the region.

The results of many archaeological excavations from the past decade are summarized and the most important artefacts from the pre-Christian era found in Cork are examined. An authoritative insight into the early story of Cork, Iverni provides an appreciation of the archaeology of the area. Generously illustrated with panel features of highlights, photographs, line drawings, landscape models and GIS distribution maps, this is the most complete picture of Cork in prehistory.

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Author William O’Brien
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 17 Aug 2012
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891494

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