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Subject: Re: hoarding against famine
From: Helen McKay <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:38:36 +0000

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thanks for the reply Neil.  I hadnt found any hint of such activity 
myself, but I wanted to check in case I'd missed something. 

> I haven't seen any evidence for that. (If there was large-scale, long 
term storage, this would have required super-barns to be built, stocked, 
maintained and supervised: I would expect the laws to mention them, 
but they don't. They do, for example, deal in detail with the operation 
of mills.)

I think the idea of the badgermen was to move the grain rather than 
store it, they would collect the excess grain in one region and move it 
to another in need, in a fairly micro-management way.  So its a low 
level activity that could perhaps go unnoted in official documents.  But 
as you indicate, no evidence so far from Ireland.   


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