[MR] Book on Irish Crafts

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Tue May 12 12:27:32 PDT 2015

Noble Friends,

Just received at the UVA Fine Arts Library: EARLY MEDIEVAL CRAFTS AND 
by Thomas R. Kerr, Maureen Doyle, Matthew Seaver, Finbar McCormick, 
Aidan O'Sullivan (ISBN 9781407313580, our call number NK705 .K47 2015).

This huge book is a catalog of archaeological finds from sites Ireland 
dating from the Dark Ages through the Viking period. A general 
discussion about various crafts and their tooling opens the book. This 
is followed by site reports from hundreds of excavations, each 
accompanied by detailed excavation plan showing how structures were 
arranged, plus scaled laboratory drawings of some objects recovered, 
sometimes accompanied by black-and-white photos. The range of objects is 
extensive, including bronze and iron pins, lovely glass beads, spindle 
whorls, quern stones, jewelry, knife blades and handles, pottery, wood 
and bone objects, etc. This book is number 2707 in the BAR [British 
Archaeological Review] International Series, not something you are going 
to find at a local Barnes & Noble. Your best bet would be to borrow this 
book through your local library’s interlibrary loan service and 
photocopy the pages of greatest use. For a Scadian interested in the 
material culture of Ireland, this book would provide an excellent 
resource for recreation of many material objects.

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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