Gathering communities: locality, rulership and governance in early medieval Ireland

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This article explores the role that gatherings and temporary assembly places played in creating communities and manufacturing early polities and kingdoms. Whereas the archaeological dimension to polity building has often focused upon monumentality in programmes of political articulation, the role of more ephemeral activities is equally meaningful but nevertheless under-appreciated. With new research into assembly culture in first-millennium AD Europe developing apace, the role of gatherings of various types has come into sharper focus. This article explores the changing nature of temporary gatherings in Ireland and what the changing material signature of these practices says about developing hierarchies, emerging kingdoms and the nexus that local concerns formed with regional practices of rulership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-120
Number of pages21
JournalWorld Archaeology
Issue number1
Early online date23 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • gathering; assembly; kingship
  • kingdoms
  • assembly
  • locality
  • community
  • Early medieval
  • governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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