A Chronological Framework for the Period 208 BC to AD 600

Michael Baillie, David Brown

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    The period, from the Iron Age through to what is sometimes
    called the Early Christian Period or the Early Middle Ages, includes
    some of the most enigmatic centuries in the whole of Irish
    history. In this article we intend to look at various strands of evidence
    that have become available from the perspective of dendrochronology.
    However, interpretation of dendrochronological
    results works best when there is other information to push
    against. In the case of this period one of the best sources of parallel
    information – information essentially as well dated as tree
    rings – has to be records of atmospheric chemistry from the ice
    cores that have been drilled at several locations across Greenland.
    Combining such information with evidence from tree rings,
    palaeoecological research, and occasionally from history, allows
    us to trace out a series of events and episodes that form the beginnings
    of an understanding of this period between the Iron
    Age flowering – with sites such as Emain Mache, Tara, Cruachain
    – and the Early Christian flowering – widespread foundation of churches and monasteries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59 - 71
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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