The Beara Peninsula in counties Cork and Kerry is one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Ireland. Hundreds of prehistoric monuments have been recorded in that area, dating from the Bronze Age to medieval times. The hill valleys of the ...
peninsula also contain an important landscape record of early farm settlement, where entire field patterns are preserved under the growth of blanket peat. This book is the first detailed study to be published on pre-bog fields and early farming in Ireland. It contains the results of new archaeological research for anyone interested in prehistoric and early medieval Ireland, and in the story of Irish farming and its impact on the environment over the past 4000 years. This is a story similar to that of the Ceide Fields in Mayo.