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Victims of Ireland'S Great FamineThe Bioarchaeology of Mass Burials at Kilkenny Union Workhouse$
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Jonny Geber

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061177

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061177.001.0001

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Setting the Stage for a Bioarchaeology of the Great Irish Famine

Setting the Stage for a Bioarchaeology of the Great Irish Famine

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(p.1) 1 Setting the Stage for a Bioarchaeology of the Great Irish Famine
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Victims of Ireland'S Great Famine
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Jonny Geber

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061177.003.0001

Long constrained by the political and cultural tensions informing Anglo-Irish relations, the historiography of the Great Irish Famine has traditionally received only limited interest from academic scholars. This has changed in recent years, however, and there is now increasing acknowledgment of the value of archaeological research into the period. Bioarchaeology holds great promise as a means to explore the “human experience” of the famine on both individual and population levels. There is also considerable value in addressing the famine from a local perspective, using microarchaeology and microhistory as research models. Such approaches make accessible the complexity and variability of the famine, avoiding the formation of simplistic conclusions about what the period meant to the people who suffered most.

Keywords:   archaeology, bioarchaeology, Great Irish Famine, historiography, history, microarchaeology, microhistory, human experience, local perspective

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