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Journal Article

Lapidibus in igne calefactis coquebatur: The Historical Burnt Mound 'Tradition'

John Ó Néill
The Journal of Irish Archaeology
Vol. 12/13 (2003/2004), pp. 79-85
Published by: Wordwell Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20650832
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The use of a hot stone or pyrolithic technology (sensu Dobres 2000) is known in Ireland from the Mesolithic through to the late medieval period. The terms 'burnt mound' and 'fulacht fiadh' are generally assigned to archaeological remains identified with this technology. This paper contains a review of the documented references to the use of the pyrolithic technique for cooking or bathing alongside the documented references to the term fulacht and variants thereof. Illustrations from medieval manuscripts indicate that the term fulacht specifically refers cooking on a spit and the use of term in connection with pyrolithic technology should no longer be considered appropriate.

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