52Waddell, John. "Rathcroghan - A Royal Site in Connacht." The Journal of Irish Archaeology 1 (1983): 23.
In his 2014 book, Waddel further explores the symbolic significance of Medb: "This Medb of medieval times was not, in all probability, a historical person for while there were powerful and influential women, they did not inherit political power and the annals record no example of a female political or military leader. Her promiscuity is an echo of an older and much more significant mythic figure. As Maire Herbert has said, 'in early Ireland women were not sovereigns, but sovereignty was conceived of as female.'" (Waddell, John. Archaeology and Celtic Myth: An Exploration. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts, 2014. 111.)