Situated near lakes and rivers
Countless outside toilets
Circular house 6 metre in diameter
Timber frame poles with wattle and daub plaster
Smaller off path storage buildings for food or animals
Timber fence and earthen bank ditch for improved security
Not too much has changed in terms of living arrangements for the Bronze Age people. They still require water but they also began to clear large forests in the country, making way for farming and also clearing for increased population. The outside fences were built in order to protect themselves from wild animals such as bears and from rival groups that were living in Ireland at the time.
The Bronze Age people had similar habits as the neolithic people. They relied heavily on grains for porridge and bread and continued to use saddle stones. One difference which is found in their custom was the use of a new cooking method called the fulucht fiadh. This was usually found in wet, low-lying places near rivers or streams. A hole or trough was dug in the ground and lined with flat stones and timber. Water seeped into the hole and filled it. Large stones were heated over an open fire until hot and then they were placed into the hole to boil the water. Meat was wrapped in straw and laced into the trough. Hot stones were added to keep the water hot. Archaeologists have found thousands of pieces of evidence for these linked to this time. Some however maintain that it was not for cooking that they were used, rather as a heated bath.
These people were mostly farmers who cleared the forests for the use of the land. They tilled the land using wooden spade and wooden ploughs with stone tips and they planted wheat and barley. Bronze sickles were used to cut the corn which was then ground. They reared cattle, goats, sheep and pigs.
So there you go..not much changed outside of the invention of bronze. Many people assimilated into the society which was already present in the country. What I don’t get is why you would go from BBQ meat to boiled meat??! Don’t make sense!!
If you want to try and make sense out of the rest of this Age, why not check out other blogs in this category!