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Victims of Ireland'S Great Famine: The Bioarchaeology of Mass Burials at Kilkenny Union Workhouse

Jonny Geber


The Great Famine (1845–1852) is a watershed in Irish history. With one million dead and just as many forced to flee hunger, starvation, and disease, Irelands “Great Hunger” is among the worst famines in human history. In 2006, a mass burial ground containing the skeletal remains of near 1,000 of its victims was found on the grounds of the former Kilkenny Union Workhouse. This book presents bioarchaeological analysis of these findings along with historical research on the burial ground and the people buried within it. These inmates of the Kilkenny Union Workhouse, the poor and the destitute who ... More

Keywords: bioarchaeology, Great Irish Famine, disease, institution, Ireland, Kilkenny, mortality, nineteenth century, poverty, workhouse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061177
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonny Geber, author
University College of Cork