Habitual masonry styles and the local organisation of church building in early medieval Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Ó Carragáin, Tomás
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-02T13:22:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-02T13:22:36Z
dc.date.issued 2005-07
dc.identifier.citation Tomás Ó Carragáin (2005) 'Habitual masonry styles and the local organisation of church building in early medieval Ireland'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 105C (3):99-149. en
dc.identifier.volume 105C en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 99 en
dc.identifier.endpage 149 en
dc.identifier.issn 0035-8991
dc.identifier.issn 2009-0048
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/448
dc.identifier.doi 10.3318/PRIC.2005.105.1.99
dc.description.abstract The results of a masonry analysis of the majority of Irish pre-Romanesque churches are presented. A number of local styles are identified in high-density areas, mostly in the west of the country and it is shown that the differences between these styles were not determined by geology. It is argued that these styles represent habitual variation and are therefore indicative of local groups of masons working over a relatively short period of time. This assessment is supported by an analysis of stone supply that suggests that quarrying was organised in an ad hoc manner to supply local needs. These churches are normally placed within a broad timeframe spanning the tenth to early-twelfth centuries but a number of factors combine to suggest that the habitual styles are a relatively late development, perhaps mainly from the mid-eleventh century onwards. Some of the implications of this proposed refinement of the existing chronology are briefly discussed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Royal Irish Academy en
dc.rights © Royal Irish Academy en
dc.subject Masonry analysis en
dc.subject Masonry styles en
dc.subject Cyclopean masonry en
dc.subject Stone supply en
dc.subject Nave-and-chancel church en
dc.subject Mortared church en
dc.subject Barrel-vaulted church en
dc.subject Drystone church en
dc.subject Tomb-shrines en
dc.subject.lcsh Church architecture--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture, Medieval--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Masonry--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Building stones--Ireland en
dc.title Habitual masonry styles and the local organisation of church building in early medieval Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/A009/tocarragain en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Tomás Ó Carragáin, Archaeology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: t.ocarragain@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2011-11-02T11:59:32Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes © Royal Irish Academy. Permission granted by Ruth Hegarty, Managing Editor, RIA 02 Nov 2011 en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress t.ocarragain@ucc.ie en


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