Welcome to the Mapping Death Database

Mapping Death facilitates access to a detailed database of burials and burial sites in Ireland from 1st to 8th century AD including archaeological, onomastic, statistical, mapping and historical data.

Mapping Death also aims to produce a blueprint for inter-disciplinary research with the purpose of gaining a sophisticated and more comprehensive understanding of Irish society in the crucial period from the Iron Age to the early medieval period.

The contents of this database may be used for research purposes, but the INSTAR Mapping Death Project should be credited for use of its contents.

All additional images and attached documents found on the database remain the property of the excavation directors, specialists and consultancies that have contributed information to the Mapping Death project. While every effort has been made to contact the copyright holder and to confirm permission for each image and document, it is possible that some appear for which full permission has not been received. In such a case, we are currently seeking to confirm copyright. The Mapping Death Project is not in a position to grant permission to individuals or institutions to reproduce any of the additional, illustrative material used here; rather, permission must be granted by the relevant owners.

Many of these attached materials can be found under the 'Additional' tab in the relevant site entry; some may be accessed by the general public, but access to others requires permission from the relevant authors.

For more information, please contact us at mappingdeath@discoveryprogramme.ie

The Mapping Death project has endeavoured to make sure that all information presented here is as accurate and current as possible.

This project is supported by the Heritage Council under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme, 2008 (Ref. 16661); 2009 (Ref. 16700); 2010 (Ref.ARO1054).

In order to provide a level of consistency, all c14 dates in the database have been calibrated using OxCal 4.1
(© Christopher Bronk Ramsey 2010)



1. The symbol provides access to a site's information.

2. Users can:
Browse sites by geography (using the map) or via a simple listing interface. Query sites using a tailored and integrated interface.

3. Radiocarbon information, isotope analysis and a range of related media (including site reports that may be accessed by arrangement) can be found under the 'Additional' tab.

4. Map Browsing is facilitated by a checkbox, which allows the user to add/remove points on the map. See Browse Map for example.

5. The search facility above provides rudimentary access to the database. For more comprehensive access, please use the Query facility.