I'd suggest doing a search under "ancient sheep breeds." I found this
http://www.sheep101.info/breedsA.html and it might give you a place to
start. Good luck!
From: Fhiona MacGhilleRhuadh [log in to unmask]
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:22:02 -0700
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Wow. Hard to believe summer is almost over.
I have a question for the list, that I hope someone can give me some
I am looking for information regarding sheep breeds indigenous to Ireland,
dating from the Neolithic or earlier. I have googled several versions of
the phrase: 'native Irish sheep breeds'; neolithic irish sheep breeds;
indigenous irish sheep breeds, and am not quite getting what I am after.
Any suggestions of books or sites is appreciated.
Also, is there any evidence which may suggest that farming existed in
Ireland prior to the Neolithic? Seems to me the theory of neolithic man
bringing farming methods along with him isnt really supported in
Ireland...somewhere I was reading an alternative theory regarding the
exchange of ideas and dissemination of technology via idea exchange. Cant
remember where though- is anyone else familiar with this idea?
I am also very interested in examples of early woven textiles in early
Celtic Ireland, and any examples of early knitting. Any assistance, ie
texts, sites etc is greatly appreaciated as the internet has yielded
woefully inadequate results for my purposes. Oh- and information regarding
very early Irish farming techiniques too, say from late mesolithic through
neolithic to late medieval periods. Hope Im not asking too much.
Thanks in advance
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