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Ideal Homes. Domestic Materiality and Past Identities


Edited by Rena Maguire

Publication date: April, 2024

Pages: 191, colour

ISBN 978-615-6696-22-9                        Paperback, €35

ISBN 978-615-6696-21-2                         Hardcover, €52

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Introducing Ideal Homes

   Rena Maguire

CHAPTER 1. At Home in the Irish Bronze Age

   Charles Mount

CHAPTER 2. Pottery, Status, Pollution and People: Some Thoughts on How Cultural Concepts and Processes May Have Resulted in the Decline and Disappearance of Domestic Potting in Late Prehistoric and Early Historic Ireland

   Cormac McSparron

CHAPTER 3. ‘There is no Doubt but Our Pots Might be Made as Good as the English, if More Encouragement Were Given Them’: Exploring Ceramics as Indicators of Identity, Home Comforts and the Movement of Technology in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Ulster

   Naomi Carver

CHAPTER 4. Burnt Mounds: An Archaeology of Everyday Life

   JJ Ó Néill 

CHAPTER 5. Building and Dwelling in the City Ireta Kieri of Tzintzuntzan

   José Luis Punzo

CHAPTER 6. Forging Rural Heritage: Observations from Recent Archaeological Excavations at Clenor South and Annakisha South, County Cork, Ireland

   Rena Maguire, Kate Taylor, Jordana Maguire

CHAPTER 7. Galion and Aparine: A Forgotten Vegetarian Cheese-Maker

   Lutz Zwiebel

Notes on Contributors

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Rena Maguire
Trivent Medieval
Book series
Via Archaeologica
Volume no.
Book series editor(s)
Rena Maguire
ISBN (hardcover)
ISBN (paperback)
Publication date
April, 2024
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The purpose of archaeology is to reconstruct and present the past as it was lived, warts and all. Too often that ideal has been restricted to the affairs and structures of the great and (often not so) good, ignoring what happened after the battles were won or lost. Everyday life carried on for the vast majority of people who cooked, built walls and fences, herded and tended animals, and made pottery, metal tools and foodstuffs. Each of these domestic tasks required tools and equipment, and each object tells a story of the user’s identity, both regional and personal.

This volume presents a selection of worldwide studies of domestic objects and lives, from Scottish ceramics to Mayan urban zones. Each of these chapters demonstrate the commonalities humans share when there is ‘no place like home’, enhancing archaeological knowledge of the realities of life in the past.

RENA MAGUIRE is an IRC-Funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in University College Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, where she is a Visiting Fellow, and specialises in Iron Age material culture, particularly metalwork, but especially ancient equitation, lorinery and weaponry. She is active in EXARC as practitioner and editor of the journal.

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