Archaeology and Elizabeth's empire

Eric Klingelhofer

in Castles and Colonists

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082467
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702505 | DOI:
Archaeology and Elizabeth's empire

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This chapter examines the role of archaeology in the study of the Elizabethan colonization of southern Ireland. Initial foreign settlement by early modern European states, or by their authorized commercial organizations, are usefully characterized as the ‘proto-colonial phase’ of the epoch of modern colonial imperialism. For European overseas activities, the proto-colonial period may be generalized as c. 1450–1650. The ‘planting’ of English colonists in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries is recognized as an important step in English colonialism and a turning point in Irish history, but twentieth-century politics and policies discouraged its study.

Keywords: archaeology; Elizabethan colonization; southern Ireland; modern European states; English colonialism; Irish history

Chapter.  10586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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