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Title: A reinterpretation of the archaeology of the Nine Years' War in Ulster from a cultural perspective
Author: Logue, Paul James Connor
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 1745
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis is a study of cultural interaction in Ulster between indigenous Gaelic, Anglo-Irish and English colonial society during the later sixteenth-century. It focuses particularly upon the period of the Nine Years’ War, a conflict between the native Gaelic lords and the Elizabethan crown which is traditionally dated 1594-1603. It does not examine how the two cultures encountered each other on the battlefield but how they did so through the built environment. As noted by Per Cornell (2015, 103) the archaeological profession encounters only traces of the past. In order to gather as many evidential traces as possible my study is rooted in historical archaeology, combining evidence from archaeological excavations, fieldwork and archive data with contemporary text records, cartographic sources and pictorial representations. By incorporating the work of historians, archaeologists and geographers the thesis research gathers more evidential traces than any single approach. The thesis challenges current narratives on the role and meaning of churches, crannogs and tower houses in the contemporary Ulster Gaelic landscape and society. It discusses for the first time evidence of Gaelic secular and military occupation of church buildings in sixteenth-century Ulster. It identifies the role of crannogs within sixteenth-century Ulster Gaelic society and reveals a new archaeological site-type, the crannog-bawn, from which crannogs were accessed and within which ceremonies of hospitality were initiated. It examines tower houses as texts, arguing that they were not built primarily for defence but to help elites display messages of status and identity. The thesis places discussion of Gaelic elite sites within wider debates, showing how the study of Gaelic Ulster can contribute to archaeological discussion at an international level.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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