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Professor Celeste Ray publishes book on Ireland’s Holy Wells

‌Professor Ray’s latest book, The Origins of Ireland’s Holy Wells, re-assesses archaeological research into holy well sites in ‌Ireland and the evidence for votive deposition at watery sites throughout northwest European prehistory. Ray examines a much-ignored and diminishing archaeological resource. The work considers how and why springs are archaeologically-resistant sites and what has actually been found at the few excavated in Ireland. Drawing on early medieval Irish literature, the author give an account of pre-Christian supermundane wells in Ireland, what we know about their early Christian use for baptism, and concludes by considering the origins of “rounding” rituals at holy wells.  For more information click here.