The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland – from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland – from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course cannot be taken at the same time as SU408 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Ireland's archaeological heritage is one of the richest in Western Europe. The development of Irish Society down through the ages can be seen in the great Neolithic monuments of the Boyne valley such as Newgrange and Knowth and also in the wealth of bronze implements and gold ornaments of the succeeding Bronze Age. The Celtic Iron Age is represented by sites like Tara, Co. Meath, and the great stone forts of Dún Aenghusa on the Aran Islands and Aileach in Donegal. From the early Christian Period, monastic ruins and high crosses survive at sites such as Clonmacnoise while the finds from Dublin, Ireland's millennium capital, tell us of the Viking raids and settlement. Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles and abbeys represent the early medieval heritage and Galway, itself an Anglo-Norman foundation, provides an immediate and local wealth of sites and features dating from the later medieval period.

    The course, outlining the archaeological heritage of Ireland from its beginnings, about 8000 B.C., to the early Medieval period, will be particularly suitable for students majoring in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology or History. The lectures will be fully illustrated throughout, with field trips to several relevant prehistoric and historic locations.

Course Disclaimer

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