SUMMARY: As a key component of Ireland’s agricultural and marine economy, salt was a much prized and vital commodity for the trade of the nation. Yet, archaeological evidence for salt-working is surprisingly sparse particularly for early periods; leading to its neglect as a focus for thematic study. This paper presents the first systematic survey of the archaeological remains associated with salt production in Ireland, considering a range of expressions and their implications. Beyond the material evidence, salt can be considered a proxy for understanding the wider commercial and social processes affecting the country in the post-medieval period.
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This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/L002175/1). The authors wish to thank Charles Ludlow, Karl Brady, Niall and Stephen Colfer, Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Mary Sleeman and Pat O’Brien. Also James McLoughlin, Paul Carroll, Joy Ward and family.
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