Life and Death in Medieval Gaelic Ireland [Hardback]

Catriona McKenzie (Author); Eileen M. Murphy (Author)

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ISBN: 9781846823305 | Published by: Four Courts Press | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English

Life and Death in Medieval Gaelic Ireland


In 2003, the skeletal remains of some 1,300 individuals – men, women and children – were uncovered from Ballyhanna, near Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal. Radiocarbon dating indicates that the cemetery was in use for a prolonged period of time from the 7th to the 17th century. The remains of all individuals were subject to a detailed osteological and palaeo-pathological analysis. This book contextualizes the results of the research, revealing a wealth of information concerning health, diet and lifestyle of the people buried at Ballyhanna. The analysis represents the first comprehensive study of a skeletal population from medieval Gaelic Ireland and provides detailed insights concerning the hitherto largely invisible lower class of Gaelic society.

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