Book Reviews: Be Inspired about Our Heritage; Ancient Ireland: Life before the Celts by Laurence Flanagan, Gill & Macmillan, Pounds 9.99 'Laurence Flanagan's Book Covers Ireland from the First Human Occupations, about 8000 BC, to the End of the Late Bronze Age, 700 BC. the Celts Arrived in Ireland around 250 BC, and with Them Came Historical Records'
Byline: Daphne Abernethy
THIS unique book surveys the way ordinary social life was lived in Ireland before the advent of written records.
Author Laurence Flanagan was a distinguished archaeologist who used his professional skills to construct the lives of ordinary people from earliest times to the coming of the Celts.
This ambitious book gives us a glimpse into a lost world that extended over a vast period of time and contains a wealth of information concerning the prehistory of the emerald isle.
Flanagan's book covers Ireland from the first human occupations, about 8000 BC, to the end of the Late Bronze Age, 700 BC.
The Celts arrived in Ireland around 250 BC, and with them came historical records.
Ancient Ireland concentrates on the pre-Celtic period, when what we know about the peoples and customs of the country come from archaeological evidence alone.
The introduction is a brief discussion of what constitutes archaeological evidence, a general discussion of the types of artifacts found, and inform- ation about chronological methods.
The remainder is divided broadly into two parts; an introduction to the material cultures (artifacts, buildings, burials) of prehistoric Irish peoples, and a summary to what we know about the social, environmental, and cultural aspects. …