Margaret Williams

School: Archaeology

Supervisor: Professor Gabriel Cooney

The symbolic and social significance of iron in prehistoric and early medieval Ireland.

The primary aim of this research is to demonstrate that the archaeological evidence related to iron technology is key to our understanding of the socio-political and magico-religious spheres of power in the Iron Age/Early Medieval period in Ireland. It is hoped to achieve this through detailed analysis of the archaeological record with specific emphasis on the location of ironworking and depositional practices related to iron combined with literary and ethnographic sources.

Funding Information: Margaret Williams is funded under an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and is part-funded through a scholarship from UCD.

Online Profile: http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/research/phd/williamsmargaretironinprehistoricandearlymedievalireland/