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The Origins of the Irish


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Preface * Introduction * 1. The Origins of Ireland * 2. First Colonists * 3. First Farmers * 4. Beakers and Metal * 5. The Rise of the Warriors * 6. The Iron Age * 7. The Native Version * 8. Skulls, Blood and Genes * 9. The Evidence of Language * 10. The Origins of the Irish

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The first book in nearly a century to explore and satisfactorily explain how and when the Irish people came into being

About the Author

J. P. Mallory is a world expert on the interconnection of archaeology and linguistics and is the author of the standard work In Search of the Indo-Europeans and The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European. He has published numerous other works, including the hugely acclaimed The Origins of the Irish. He is Emeritus Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University Belfast and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.


'So important ... It was very difficult to put down ... Wonderful' - History Today
'Mallory's wry, convivial style makes this complex account an effortless and enjoyable read' - Current Archaeology
'Mallory brilliantly synthesizes the complexities of geology, archaeology, historical/mythical sources, genetics and linguistics ... I urge you to read this brilliant book' - Minerva
'Superb and witty ... as a tour d'horizon, it is unmatched' - The Irish Times

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