The seventeenth century was a period of significant political and religious upheavals and was also a formative period in terms of landscape and settlement development throughout Ireland. This book examines Muster from a historical archaeology perspective, in particular it sets the archaeological context of these developments against the historical background of plantation, Cromwellian intervention and economic expansion.
Important changes in rural settlement occurred with a network of agricultural and trade settlement clusters being established or re-developed. The landscape was also physically changed through new pattern of ownership, enclosure and intensification of rural practice. Much of this was related to a large expansion in agricultural and fishing activity resulting in significant investment in port and marine communication facilities. Industry was an important component of these developments and the Munster landscape retains many traces of these industries including iron and charcoal works. Finally the role of the churches is examined in the context of these changing times.
An Archaeology of Southwest Ireland 1570-1670
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