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A Social History of Ireland: Antiquity To The Early Enlightement

Hosted by the Consul of the Rome Baltic Culture & Party Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 07 Feb 21:00 - 23:00

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In this series of talks, we will explore the history of Ireland from the first recorded arrival of homo sapiens until the consolidation of English rule at the end of the 17th Century AD.

Part 1: From the Mesolithic to the Iron Age

We will follow the traces of Mesolithic hunter/gatherer bands and discuss what the purposes of the megalithic constructions of the Neolithic settlers were, proposing from the surviving evidence ideas about the societies they lived in.

We next explore the changes over the Bronze Age and early Iron Age and question the validity of the once-accepted ‘waves of invasions’ theory. Finally, we look at the society that emerges into the first indigenous historical records of the island, written in the Irish language and written down by the monks of the Early Christian Era.