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- DescriptionThis book re-assesses archaeological research into holy well sites in Ireland and the evidence for votive deposition at watery sites throughout rthwest European prehistory. Ray examines a much-igred and diminishing archaeological resource; moving beyond debates about the possible Celticity of these sites in order to gain a deeper understanding of patterns among sacred watery sites. The work considers how and why sacred springs are archaeologically-resistant sites and what has actually been found at the few excavated in Ireland. Drawing on the early Irish literature (the myths, hagiographies, penitentials and annals), the author gives an account of pre-Christian supermundane wells in Ireland and what we kw about their early Christian use for baptism, and concludes by considering the origins of rounding rituals at holy wells.
- Author BiographyCeleste Ray is Professor of Anthropology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Trained in Anthropology, Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management, she has previously published on Ethnicity, Scottish-Americans, and Regionalism.
- Author(s)Celeste Ray
- Date of Publication19/01/2014
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2014
- ImprintArchaeopress Archaeology
- Width175 mm
- Height245 mm
- Format DetailsB5: Tankobon
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