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Making a house a home: odd deposits in ordinary households in later medieval Ireland 1200-1600 AD

Dempsey, Karen ORCID: 2023. Making a house a home: odd deposits in ordinary households in later medieval Ireland 1200-1600 AD. Tente, Catarina and Theune, Claudia, eds. Household Goods in the European Medieval and Early Modern Countryside, Vol. XIV. Ruralia, Sidestone, pp. 91-102. (10.59641/cd27f3b4)

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During the period 1200-1600 AD there were significant events both local and international that may have impacted on the well-being of medieval householders in Ireland. Is it possible to access the material traces of the spiritual, emotional and sensorial lives of medieval people in Ireland which may have been shaped by related uncertainties? This article explores how care, as central part of the organisation of later medieval households, is directly related to the placement of meaningful objects in particular places in houses in Ireland. Here, ‘odd deposits’ are catalogued and explored as one part of the wide-ranging practices of care that were carried out by medieval people. In doing so, it is established that Ireland participated in the wider European tradition of deposition and concealment of things to ‘make a house a home’. Keywords: medieval households, material practices, odd deposits, care.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Sidestone
ISBN: 9789464270600
Funders: Irish Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2023
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 13:32

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