Early medieval sentinel warrior burials

  title={Early medieval sentinel warrior burials},
  author={Elizabeth O'brien},
This study examines the motif in early medieval Irish literature of a sentinel warrior, buried near a territorial boundary, facing enemy territory to protect his people/territory against that enemy. Since there is not to date any physical manifestation of this type of burial in early medieval Ireland, a possible source for the motif in early Irish authors may lie in an awareness of early Anglo-Saxon contexts, and to this end several possible archaeological examples of such burials located on… CONTINUE READING