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Title: Approaching Ireland's later historical archaeology : people and society 1824-1926
Author: Hennessy, Eiden
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 4177
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis engages with the material culture of Irish people and society in the period 1824-1926 in order to engage with the ‘excluded people’, those of lower social and economic status who have often been neglected by scholarship and who were marginalised by contemporary sources. In doing so, it adopts an interdisciplinary historical-archaeological approach, drawing on a wide range of data sources, including fieldwork, cartographic sources, contemporary accounts, and reassessment of archaeological, historical, and ethnographical scholarship. This approach is applied to three diverse study-areas, two rural and one urban: Tuosist, Co. Kerry; Ceantar na nOilean, Connemara; and Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. In each study-area, the poor are considered through the lens of society as a whole, focusing on the three main themes of belief, health, and work. Through this multi-faceted approach, this thesis achieves a more nuanced understanding that challenges both modem scholarly perceptions and contemporary observations of the character of the poor in Irish society; the interconnectedness of all sections of society is shown, as well as the inadequacy of categories such as ‘poor’, ‘rich’, ‘Catholic’, and ‘Protestant’. This thesis aims to contribute to a more balanced view of Irish society from 1824-1926, highlights the need to protect the rich but vulnerable archaeological record from the post-1700 period, and demonstrate the value of an historical-archaeological approach providing a precedent for future research. The central research question addressed in this study is: How does the application of the historical archaeology approach illuminate Ireland’s people and society during this period 1824-1926?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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