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Battle And Siege Maps Of Elizabethan Ireland: Blueprints For Archaeologists?

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A large number of military maps were created in Ireland during the wars of the 16th and early 17th centuries. Many were designed to assist in planning English troop movements and strategy, while further examples illustrated freshly constructed forts and defensive positions. The siege and battle maps of Elizabethan Ireland represent a serious resource for Irish archaeologists. This chapter attempts to outline how the location of conflict archaeology sites can be discovered through analysis of these Elizabethan siege and battle maps. It explores the potential accuracy of the depictions, and suggests methods for correctly ?reading' these primary documents. The importance of critically examining the maps against other primary sources and the topographical landscape are discussed, suggesting a methodology for how this resource can be utilised by conflict archaeologists. In addition, the chapter demonstrates through a number of examples how these research techniques can be successfully applied.

Keywords: battle maps; conflict archaeology; Elizabethan Ireland; siege maps



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