Not strictly linguistic studies, but could be crucial to such,
contextually. Please spread the word about this important publication.
Scríobh 27/02/2012 12:53, Marion Gunn:
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> Scríobh 26/02/2012 18:46, Padraig Mac Fhearghusa:
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> Subject: Book Launch •Breaking Ground, Finding Graves• reports on the
> excavations of burials by the National Museum of Ireland, 1927 • 2006.
> Book Launch
> “Breaking Ground, Finding Graves – reports on the excavations of
> burials by the National Museum of Ireland, 1927 – 2006”
> Edited by
> Mary Cahill and Maeve Sikora
> at the
> National Museum of Ireland
> Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, is
> pleased to announce the launch of a new book titled Breaking Ground,
> Finding Graves – reports on the excavations of burials by the National
> Museum of Ireland, 1927 – 2006.
> This launch will take place on Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at The
> National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at
> 6.00 p.m.
> Breaking Ground, Finding Graves, is an account of 80 years of
> fieldwork by the National Museum of Ireland. Since its earliest days
> the National Museum of Ireland has responded to reports of discoveries
> of artefacts – including ancient human remains - from all over the
> country. Reports of discovery of ancient human remains come to the
> museum in many different ways – through An Garda Síochána, farmers,
> quarry operators, gardeners and builders. The book contains a very
> diverse body of material with the earliest burials dating from the
> Neolithic period c. 3500 BC. Burials can occur in almost any location
> and the find circumstances vary from the construction of dividing
> fences by the Irish Land Commission, Irish military operations in the
> 1940s, to children playing in sand dunes, and night-time ploughing in
> rural Limerick.
> The excavations themselves, carried out over the past century, reflect
> the interesting story of the development of archaeology in 20th
> century Ireland. The excavators include former Directors, Keepers and
> curators such as Adolf Mahr, Liam Gógan, and Joseph Raftery, as well
> as current curators in the Irish Antiquities Division. The publication
> is a compendium of more than 400 reports covering a period of over
> 5000 years – the results of excavations and investigations from
> Donegal to Wexford, Louth to Kerry and all counties in between.
> Together they build up a fascinating picture of burial practice in
> Ireland showing the range and variety of burial custom and the changes
> in ritual and deposition as cultural and religious practices developed
> over time. Whether inhumations or cremations, single or multiple
> burials, accompanied by special pottery vessels, supplies of food and
> drink or deposited alone, these burials tell us much about the lives
> of our ancestors. They tell us about their diet, state of health, what
> caused their deaths and how many of them lead lives of tough physical
> work and died of diseases such as bone cancer or from wounds inflicted
> during violent episodes.
> The monograph is structured chronologically. The earliest burials date
> from the Neolithic, through the Bronze Age and Iron Age to the early
> medieval, late medieval and post-medieval periods. Brief introductions
> to each chapter place the reports in the wider context of the burial
> practices of the period. The monograph is richly illustrated with
> maps, plans, drawings and photographs including specially commissioned
> anatomical details showing evidence of disease, diet and injuries.
> From the museum’s archives antiquarian and modern images of local
> people observing the excavations show how our fascination with death
> and burial remains constant.
> Volume 1 covers the Neolithic and Bronze Age.
> Volume 2 covers the Iron Age, early and late medieval, post-medieval
> and later periods. It also includes an inventory of sites where human
> remains have been recorded.
> Commenting of the publication, Dr Pat Wallace said “This is the
> National Museum’s most ambitious publication in 80 years since
> Christian Art in Ancient Ireland. It captures the true essence of the
> Museum and the excitement of its ordinary work in the field.”
> Mary Cahill is an Assistant Keeper in the Irish Antiquities Division
> of the National Museum of Ireland, specialising in the Bronze Age,
> particularly the archaeology of prehistoric gold work and the history
> of collections.
> Maeve Sikora is an Assistant Keeper in the Irish Antiquities Division
> of the National Museum of Ireland, specialising in early medieval
> The monograph is the fourth in the National Museum of Ireland’s
> monograph series published by Wordwell in association with the NMI.
> The publication is for sale in the National Museum of Ireland shop and
> online at www.museum.ie for €50 and at other bookshops.
> FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:
> Maureen Gaule, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, Dublin
> T: 01 648 6429 | M: 087 9031690| E: [log in to unmask]
> Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, Marketing Department
> T: 01 648 6457 | M: 087 2368067 | E: [log in to unmask]
> Notes to the Editor:
> Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its exhibitions is free
> • Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
> • Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
> • www.museum.ie
> • Museum Shop & Café open
Marion Gunn * eGteo (Estab.1991)
27 Páirc an Fhéithlinn, Baile an
Bhóthair, An Charraig Dhubh,
Co. Átha Cliath, Éire/Ireland.
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