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Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968-1975

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Summary

The site of Dún Ailinne is one of four major ritual sites from the Irish Iron Age, each said to form the center of a political kingdom and thus described as "royal." Excavation has produced artifacts ranging from the Neolithic (about 5,000 years ago) through the later Iron Age (fourth century CE), when the site was the focus of repeated rituals, probably related to the creation and maintenance of political hegemony. A series of timber structures were built and replaced as each group of leaders sought to claim ancient descent from a deep past and still create something unique and lasting.

Pam J. Crabtree and Ronald Hicks provide analyses on, respectively, biological remains and Dún Ailinne's role in folklore, myth, and the sacred landscape, while Katherine Moreau examines bronze and iron artifacts and Elizabeth Hamilton, slag.

Susan A. Johnston is Associate Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University. Bernard Wailes is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator Emeritus of the European Section of the Penn Museum.


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Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968-1975. (tDAR ID: 376584)


Keywords

General
Ritual SiteRoyal

Geographic Keywords
Kildare, Ireland

Temporal Keywords
FolkloreIron AgeMythNeolithicSacred Landscape


Spatial Coverage

min long: -7.207; min lat: 52.973 ; max long: -6.553; max lat: 53.244 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): University of Pennsylvania Press Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


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Documents

  1. Dún Ailinne : Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968–1975, Additional Figures and Plates (2007)
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  2. Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968-1975 (2007)
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