The Cultural Heritage of Newgrange

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Cultural Heritage of Newgrange

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The Boyne Valley is one of the most significant cultural landscapes in Ireland and its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site underlines its justifiable international status. This module provides a multi-disciplinary examination of the rich history, literature and archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne Complex including Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. In addition to the three great Neolithic passage tombs and the late Neolithic and Chalcolithic (Copper Age) ceremonial complexes this area was the focal point for the Uí Neill kingdom of North Brega and features in the tales, history and genealogies of this and other important early medieval families and tribes. The presence of heroes, like Cú Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill, in stories set in the area will also be considered. An exception feature of the Boyne Valley is how successive generations built on and borrowed from past histories to re-create the landscape. The way in which this wealth of heritage is interpreted and presented to visitors as well as the strategies of conservation, and occasionally re-construction will also be explored.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours

    - Continous Assessment: 100%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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