Medieval Archaeology

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medieval Archaeology

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, 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

    Archaeology is an essential source for the study of Medieval Irish history (c.500-c.1500AD). The results from excavations provide rich evidence for past societies in a period when traditional historical sources are incomplete. In particular, the lives of everyday people can be reconstructed from their material remains. Landscape archaeology, which examines the distribution of ancient sites, elucidates often obscure contemporary references to settlement. The history of the Early Medieval church, for example, is enhanced by examining the monastic ruins that dot the Irish landscape. The aim of this course is to introduce students to basic archaeological techniques and the key discoveries that have contributed to our knowledge of the past: Deer Park Farms ringfort; the Derrynaflan hoard; Viking Dublin, Bective Abbey, Trim Castle, rural medieval settlement, etc. Students will acquire the ability to apply archaeological findings to their own historic research. The course will include field trips to archaeological excavations, field monuments and museum collections.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the nature of ‘primary’ source material, as the term applies to archaeological information.
    2. Engage critically with secondary and primary source matter.
    3. Comprehend and analyse the underlying philosophy behind archaeological methods and practice.
    4. Deploy appropriate research methods and methodologies for analysing published archaeological reports and for creating original projects..
    5. Identify, pursue and complete an original piece of research based on primary data. .
    6. Convey the essential of a primary research project in a formal presentation.
    7. Engage in self-directed learning by specialising in areas of personal interest.