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The Bronze Age in Ireland - George Coffey

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The Bronze Age in Ireland, by George Coffey
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Bronze Age in Ireland, by George Coffey This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
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re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.orgTitle: The Bronze Age in IrelandAuthor: George CoffeyRelease Date: October 11, 2008 [EBook 
26880]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE BRONZE AGE IN IRELAND ***Produced by Chris Curnow, Joseph Cooper, Anne Storer and the Online Distributed ProofreadingTeam at http://www.pgdp.netTranscriber's Note: The term "halberd" and "halbert" have both been used on numerous occasions."Halbert" is a variant of "Halberd" and has been left as printed in the original text.* * * * *THE BRONZE AGE IN IRELANDTHE BRONZE AGE IN IRELANDBY GEORGE COFFEYMEMBER OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY HONORARY FELLOW OF THE ROYALSOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND KEEPER OF IRISH ANTIQUITIES IN THENATIONAL MUSEUM AND PROFESSOR R.H.A. DUBLIN
HODGES, FIGGIS, & CO., LIMITED, 104 GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN SIMPKIN, MARSHALL,& CO., LONDON 1913PRINTED AT THE DUBLIN UNIVERSITY PRESS BY PONSONBY AND GIBBS.PREFACEIn this book on the Bronze Age in Ireland I have collected and collated all my work on the period.Much of it I have already published in the "Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy" and elsewhere. Ihave long felt the need of a book on the Bronze Age in Ireland, as hitherto none has appeared dealingadequately with the archæology of that period in this country.Within the last few years it has been recognized that the Bronze-Age civilization in Europe did notconsist of a series of isolated communities, each developing its own type of objects and decorations, butthat there was a community of ideas and forms extending from Mycenæ all over the Europeancontinent.
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I have described the various forms of Bronze-Age implements of peace and of war found in Ireland,and have shown how they are connected with similar types on the continent of Europe. M. J. Déchelette,of the Roanne Museum, one of the first authorities on the Bronze Age, agrees with me in ascribing aMycenæan origin to certain forms of Bronze-Age implements.How this Mycenæan influence penetrated to Ireland is a matter on which there is some difference of opinion, and possibly new discoveries may throw additional light on the problem. As I have shown bothin this and in former works, the most probable route seems to be that of the Danube and the Elbe, andthence by way of Scandinavia to Ireland. It is to be hoped that now--with a concentrating of Irishinterests on Irish affairs a new impetus will be given to the study of the history of our country, and thatmany workers may be found in the fields of archæology and of all subjects connected with our past.In my "Guide to the Celtic Antiquities of the Christian Period" I have given the history of Irish art inthe Christian period; in "New Grange (Brugh na Boine) and other Incised Tumuli in Ireland, theinfluence of Crete and the Ægean in the extreme west of Europe in early times," I have given as muchas is known of the pre-Christian period up to the Bronze Age; and in this, my latest work, which hasbeen much interrupted by illness, I have endeavoured to complete the history of ancient art in Ireland.I have to thank the Councils of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland for the loan of a number of blocks. In other cases drawings have been made direct from objectsin the National Museum by Miss E. Barnes.The plates are from photographs taken by the photographer of the National Museum.In offering this book to the public I must express my gratitude to Mr. E. C. R. Armstrong, to whom Iam indebted for his unvarying kindness and sympathy, and for much valuable assistance both in thematter and form of the work.GEORGE COFFEY.CONTENTSPAGE
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