Victoria L. McAlister
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Around the castle wall
The tower house complex and rural settlement
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When we visit tower houses today, they usually stand abandoned, in isolation within modern landscapes. This chapter finds the medieval reality was very different. It assesses what archaeological features might be found in the immediate vicinity of the tower. This includes the buildings found within the bawn, or enclosing wall, as well as the peasant settlement located around rural tower houses. Whether this associated peasant settlement was nucleated or dispersed is analysed.

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The Irish tower house

Society, economy and environment, c. 1300–1650


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