IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 602: Was There Any Pleasure in Early Medieval Ireland?

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Seed Funding Scheme / Humanities Institute, University College Dublin
Organiser:Elaine Pereira Farrell, School of History & Archives, University College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth O'Brien, Mapping Death Project, University College Dublin
Paper 602-aRegulating Pleasure in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Elaine Pereira Farrell, School of History & Archives, University College Dublin
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 602-bThe Pleasure and the Pain: Food Consumption and Dietary Deficiency
(Language: English)
Denise Keating, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Science
Paper 602-cCelebrating Death or Sustaining Life: Interpreting the Material Remains from Enclosed Settlements Containing Burials in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Matthew Seaver, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies
Abstract

This is an interdisciplinary panel about the life of the early medieval Irish. The first paper will analyse the early Irish Christian regulation against pleasure. The second paper will present from an archaeological perspective an examination of diet, of the child in particular, through analysis of the juvenile skeletons of early medieval Irish children. Similarly, the third paper will analyse the material evidence from Irish enclosures which contain both settlement evidence and burials. It will consider to what extent the material evidence from these sites represents the social activities associated with the highly ritualised observance of death and burial rather than the daily refuse of those who lived there.