The Archaeology of Salt Production in Post-Medieval Ireland

Wes Forsythe, R McConkey, C Breen

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-108
Number of pages18
JournalPost-Medieval Archaeology
Issue number1
Early online date12 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Mar 2021


  • Archaeology
  • History


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