Presenting a reassessment of Irish prehistory and its cultural appropriations, this book integrates evidence from modern ethnography, ancient and modern history, and archaeology. It represents a diachronic look at a variety of archaeological and anthropological features of the cultures of Ireland.
Dr. Thompson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.
Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; 1. "Celtic to the Core": The Creation of an ethno-national mythology; 2. Celticity and the Celts: Introduction to Official Discourse; 3. Official discourse, the early years: Antiquities and the creation of Indo-European; 4. History; 5. Archaeology; 6. Genetics; 7. Linguistics; 8. Folklorists; 9. Unofficial discourse; 10. Tory Island: stories, land, and time; 11. A new old Ireland: integrating the lines of evidence; Notes and Reference; Bibliography; Index.