Maritime and material connections in the later Neolithic of Ireland and northern Britain

Megarry, W. (Participant), Gabriel Cooney (Advisor), Neil Carlin (Lecturer)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The paper will build on recent work we have been undertaking to examine the
character of later Neolithic societies in Ireland and northern Britain. This
period sees an apparent diminution in contacts with the European mainland,
and an intensification of links between different regions within Ireland and
Britain. Much work to date has focused on recognizing this
interconnectedness of regions within an island world, but it has tended to
underplay the actual diversity of regional social processes and practices in the
later fourth and earlier third millennia BC. In regional terms we will focus on
Brú na Bóinne, Ireland which features as a ‘core area’ in much recent
discussion, and the archipelago of Shetland, the most northerly part of
Scotland, which often tends to be left out of wider considerations of this period
and is perceived as being on the so-called ’periphery’. In material culture
terms we will focus on maceheads as a characteristic and distinctive aspect of
this period. How do we understand the range of material evidence for contact
and communication across the sea and what does it mean in terms of society
and in the lives of people living in different regions?
Period03 Dec 2020
Event title"Investigate the shore, Sound the past": Société Préhistorique Francaise
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational