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Origins of the Irish

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ISBN-10: 0500051755

ISBN-13: 9780500051757

Edition: 2013

Authors: J. P. Mallory

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About eighty million people today can trace their descent back to the occupants of Ireland. But where did the occupants of the island themselves come from and what do we even mean by “Irish” in the first place? This is the first major attempt to deal with the core issues of how the Irish came into being. J. P. Mallory emphasizes that the Irish did not have a single origin, but are a product of multiple influences that can only be tracked by employing the disciplines of archaeology, genetics, geology, linguistics, and mythology. Beginning with the collision that fused the two halves of Ireland together, the book traces Ireland’s long journey through space and time to become an island. The origins of its first farmers and their monumental impact on the island is followed by an exploration of how metallurgists in copper, bronze, and iron brought Ireland into increasingly wider orbits of European culture. Assessments of traditional explanations of Irish origins are combined with the very latest genetic research into the biological origins of the Irish.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, Limited
Publication date: 1/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Origins of Ireland
First Colonists
First Farmers
Beakers and Metal
The Rise of the Warriors
The Iron Age
The Native Version
Skulls, Blood and Genes
The Evidence of Language
The Origins of the Irish
Notes
Bibliography
Sources of Illustrations
Index