The book examines the history of such studies in Ireland. It describes the often overlooked archaeological evidence for the lakeshore habitations of Mesolithic and Neolithic people and outlines the extensive evidence for Bronze Age lake settlements. It details similar evidence through the all stages of the medieval period. It argues for a new multi-period, regional landscape study, integrating archaeological, historical and palaeoenvironmental evidence. This book was the scoping document for what became the Discovery Programme Lake Settlement Project..
(Dublin, Royal Irish Academy for the Discovery Programme 1998), 236 ++