International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 221–240

On the Edge of Improvement: Rathlin Island and the Modern World


DOI: 10.1007/s10761-007-0032-8

Cite this article as:
Forsythe, W. Int J Histor Archaeol (2007) 11: 221. doi:10.1007/s10761-007-0032-8


This paper focuses on the archaeology of an island off the north coast of Ireland as a case study of the processes affecting rural life in the country in the Age of Improvement. The nature of changes to management of the landscape and architectural modes is discussed and an attempt is made to identify the agents of reform. The response and negotiation of the islanders to emergent commercialisation is discerned by changes to traditional houses and the material emerging from recent excavation work.


Capitalism and improvement Landscape Islands Ireland 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Maritime Archaeology, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland