The Origins of the Irish
by J. P. Mallory
Editor: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Approximately eighty million people today can trace their descent to the occupants of Ireland.But where does the islanders come from themselves come from and what do we even say by “Irish” in the first placeThis is the first major attempt to address the basic issues of how the Irish peopleJPMallory points out that the Irish do not have a single origin, but are the product of multiple influences that cannot be followed by using the disciplines of archaeology, genetics, geology, linguistics and mythology.Beginning with the collision that melted the two halves of Ireland together, the book retraces Ireland’s long journey through space and time to become an island.The origins of its early farmers and their monumental impact on the island is followed by an exploration of how the metallurgy of copper, bronze and iron, and enabled Ireland to increasingly wider orbits of European culture.Assessments of traditional Irish origin explanations are combined with the latest genetic research on Irish biological origins.
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