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Death in Irish Prehistory Gabriel Cooney (author), Conor McHale (illustrator) | Royal Irish Academy

Release Date08/05/2024
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
CategoriesHistory, New Releases

This is a book about life and death over 8,500 years in Ireland. It explores the richness of the mortuary record that we have for Irish prehistory (8000 BC to AD 500) as a highlight of the archaeological record for that long period of time. Because we are dealing with how people coped with death, this rich and diverse record of mortuary practice is also relevant to understanding how we deal with death today, which is just as central a social issue as it always was.

‘This well-written and beautifully illustrated book is a valuable and extensive presentation of death in prehistoric Ireland and beyond. The way Cooney explores long-term patterns by moving between the past and the present is inspirational.’

– Anna Wessman, Professor of Iron Age Archaeology, Department of Cultural History, University Museum of Bergen