Review: Archaeology Ireland 26.3 (Issue 101)
Originally posted online on 24 January 2013 at rmchapple.blogspot.com(
At the start of the year I set myself a personal target of providing in-depthreviews of four consecutive issues of
for this blog. While
this is the third in the series, I’m running quite slow as the fourth edition for
2012 (No. 102) is already in the shops. Nonetheless, I hope readers enjoythis review and consider going out and buying their own copies, or betterstill, getting a regular subscription! Talk to the good people at Wordwell Books here and tell them I sent you!
In 'A font of majuscule proportions at Tallaght', Chris Corlett reports onpossibly the largest font in Ireland. It is carved from a large granite boulder,1.65m x 1.6m x 0.6m thick and, Corlett estimates that it is approximately sixtimes bigger than the average Medieval font. He argues that the font was notintended to be placed inside a church, but to stand outside in the open air -though it may have been part of a purpose-built baptistery. Whilerecognising the difficulties of dating the font on the basis of size alone, hedoes raise the possibility that it was created by theCéili Dé (orCuldees) during the eighth or ninth centuries and may thus relate to theirown ideas about baptism, possibly requiring a remarkably large receptacle. Whatever the origin of the piece, Corlett is to be (once again) credited for bringing such an interesting and unusual item to wider public notice. EoinBairéad, in his 27th installment of 'News from the Net' provides his usual and