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The city of Londonderry was a product of the Plantation. The 400th anniversary presents the city with a unique opportunity to mark the Plantation of Ulster and highlight the momentous changes that it has had on the city.

Planning for the commemorative programme is now under way. For further information on our plans contact Derry City Council, Heritage & Museum Service Tel: (028) 7137 7331 Harbour Museum, Harbour Square Fax: (028) 7137 7633 Derry, BT48 6AF E: museum@derrycitygov.uk

Some of the possible events and activities will be

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Living History Talks and Lectures Academic conferences Access and outreach activities for communities and schools Exhibitions Web site development Publications www.derrycity .gov.uk/museums

Death and burial in early medieval Ireland in the light of recent archaeological excavations

Research papers in Irish archaeology, no. 2 edited by Christiaan Corlett & Michael Potterton

This publication is the second volume in the series ‘Research papers in Irish archaeology’. The series aims to highlight the results of recent excavations, on a thematic basis, and to facilitate the circulation, discussion and synthesis of this information. Death and burial in early medieval Ireland is also an action of the INSTAR-funded Mapping Death project. It contains papers on over twenty recently excavated sites spread across the country, as well as a range of essays on current research topics and contributions by osteoarchaeologists and other specialists. The results of recent archaeological excavations have the potential to radically revise received wisdom and preconceptions about the past, and it is already clear that the existing textbooks and syntheses could be substantially rewritten. This, of course, is what archaeological research is all about, and the sheer scale of new discoveries in recent years makes this a particularly exciting time to be an archaeologist in Ireland. This volume explores a type of non-ecclesiastical burial ground in early medieval Ireland about which very little was known previously. The unexpectedly high number of these sites uncovered recently, and the large scale of the excavations themselves, has provided an unprecedented level of new information that will transform our understanding of Early Christian Ireland and challenge many preconceived ideas regarding this period.

Edited by Christiaan Corlett and Michael Potterton, Death and burial in early medieval Ireland features a foreword by Dr Elizabeth O’Brien and contributions by Christine Baker, Edel Bhreathnach, Thaddeus Breen, Laureen Buckley, Linda Clarke, Jennie Coughlan, Frank Coyne, Shane Delaney, James Eogan, Linda Fibiger, Jonny Geber, Vaughan Grimes, John Lehane, Cia McConway, Tiernan McGarry, Janet Montgomery, Charles Mount, Marta Muñiz Pérez, Tomás Ó Carragáin, Edmond O’Donovan, John Ó Néill, Tara O’Neill, Jerry O’Sullivan, Matt Seaver, Kate Taylor, Angela Wallace, Niamh Whitfield and Brendon Wilkins.

ISBN 978 1 905569 41 0 €40.00 320 pp, paperback 165 illustrations

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